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Item: Windsor Melmac blue bowl, 9" divided vegetable bowl, vintage 1950-60s plastic dinnerware

Size: 2-1/2" tall and 9-3/8" in diameter

Circa: 1950-60s

Material: Hard plastic (melamine resin)

Mark: Windsor Melmac, #417-2, Made in U.S.A.

Condition: Excellent. Minimal wear.

Shipping Weight: 1+ pounds

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"Melmac is the name for plastic dinnerware that was created with the use of melamine. First developed in the 1940s, melamine resin is easily molded into a number of different shapes and is extremely durable. During the middle of the 20th century, Melmac dinnerware could be found in just about every home in the United States, owing to the low cost and easy care of the dishes.

In construction, Melmac is used for just about any type of dinnerware. Melmac serving bowls were common, as well as plates, cups, and glasses. Any type of color pigment could be added to the melamine during the molding process. As a result, Melmac dinnerware was created in a number of colors and patterns. During the decade of the 1950’s, solid but somewhat muted colors such as seafoam or pea green were popular. The 1960s saw the creation of many interesting color combinations, including some that reflected the psychedelic look that was so popular in fashion during the latter part of the decade.

One of the main attributes of Melmac is the durability. The lightweight plastic construction holds up very well, although the surface of Melmac dishes do tend to scratch with relative ease. The dinnerware can be washed by hand or placed in a dishwasher with equal ease. Unlike china, ceramic or glass, Melmac does not shatter when dropped. Households with children found Melmac to be ideal for use at informal family dinners as well as with cookouts in the back yard.

By the end of the 1970s, Melmac had declined in popularity as other forms of crockery began to appear. Still, the sturdiness of the dinnerware has meant that many pieces manufactured decades ago still survive. Collectors can find Melmac at many online auctions sites. Yard and estate sales are excellent sources of Melmac dishes at low prices. While no longer in common use in a lot of household situations, Melmac has begun to achieve a certain distinction as a decorative item, especially in kitchens that are designed around a Fifties or Sixties theme."

My thanks to WiseGEEK for the information!


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Vintage Melmac Bowl by Windsor Blue 9" Divided Vegetable Dish 1950-60s Plastic Dinnerware Cottage Chic


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: melmac, plastic
  • Only ships within United States.
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