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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I have spent a couple weeks separating a boatload of Melmac I received all at one time. Today I took many different styles of one brand into the store (shown in photos), TexasWare and their later version called DallasWare.

In the 1950's, innovation, whether it was in automobiles, in homes or in fashion, was everywhere. It was precisely during this time that Americans began to set out meals on colorful, unbreakable and lightweight dishes called Melmac. This popular dishware appeared in many patterns and colors, but Texas Ware, or Dallas Ware, were among the most popular because of their appealing solid pastels, bright colors and distinctive patterns

Because of the great popularity with most housewives for being colorful, unbreakable (can be broken), and practical many additional companies jumped on the bandwagon and also produced a great selection of Melmac dinnerware.

This post just talks about Texas Ware/Dallas Ware 

" One of the hottest, newest, funniest kitchen collectible is Dallas born and bred: Texas Ware dishes, made from the late 1950s through the mid-'90s by Plastic Manufacturing Co. (PMC) of Oak Cliff.
That was info I didn't know before, I always thought or heard they stopped in the late 1970's. I got online and did some research for us because I had never seen so many colors and patterns in TexasWare before now, I was only familiar with the multi color spatter bowls,restaurant ware and mint green.  

PMC was once the largest maker of molded melamine dishware in the world.
Its innovations included the first two-color melamine pieces and stacking drink tumblers.
Stackable Cups
In the '50s and '60s, Texas Ware ads in national magazines featured June Cleaver-like models touting such patterns as "Fleur de-Lis," "Golden Wheat" and "San Jacinto."
They also made lots of restaurant ware in pastel colors with divided dishes, trays and the famous stackable cups. These continued into the 1980’s and 90’s, but the dinnerware sets for home lost favor in the 70’s because of the use of dishwashers and microwaves which were harmful to these products.

I have not been able so far to find the data for when the product name was changed to DallasWare. Interestingly you can have two pieces exactly in color,shape,and style side by side, one will be marked TexasWare the other DallasWare.
TexasWare Grill Plate

One blog I found claimed the white grill plate by TexasWare shown here in photo are considered rare. I do not know if that is true or not,but I have two.

But some of the most sought-after Texas Ware pieces are ones that were made
more as an afterthought and seldom advertised. They're the multicolored mixing bowls - variously called spatter, splatter or speckle ware - the company made as a means of using up surplus or "reject" manufacturing materials. When they were new, the bowls never sold for much.

Spatter Ware Bowls

 A three-bowl set went for less than $2 in the late '50s, about $5 in the '80s. Today you find these bowls priced from $25 to $40 each depending on condition and color combinations.

Reminder these photos showcase what has been added to the inventory
and are looking for good homes !

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