Set of Melamine Tableware, 1950-1960

Summary

During the early 1950s, plastic dinnerware in the form of melamine was introduced to the American market. By 1956, twenty-five percent of Americans owned at least a pair of these plates. Industrial designers Russel and Mary Wright were famous for producing aesthetically pleasing ceramic dinnerware as early as the 1930s. This set, in fashionable turquoise, was the Wrights’ first design in plastic.

During the early 1950s, plastic dinnerware in the form of melamine was introduced to the American market. By 1956, twenty-five percent of Americans owned at least a pair of these plates. Industrial designers Russel and Mary Wright were famous for producing aesthetically pleasing ceramic dinnerware as early as the 1930s. This set, in fashionable turquoise, was the Wrights’ first design in plastic.

Artifact

Tableware

Date Made

1950-1960

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

99.80.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Melamine

Color

Turquoise (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 2.25 in  (Cup)

Diameter: 4 in  (Cup)

Diameter: 6 in  (Saucer)

Diameter: 6 in  (Small plate)

Height: 2 in  (Fruit bowl)

Diameter: 4.5 in  (Fruit bowl)

Inscriptions

DESIGNED BY / RUSSELL / WRIGHT / FOR / HOME DECORATORS, INC. / NEWARK / NEW YORK STATE

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