Before the Flintstones Melmac dish, there was this quality plastic table setting from the early 50’s by Brookpark. This cherished pink sugar bowl is the last remaining piece from my family’s everyday dishes growing up. All the other original pieces are long gone.
Two years ago I got nostalgic for the non-breakable square cereal bowl I connected with. With much luck, I found the settings of our four colors ‚Ä¶ chartreuse, gray, burgundy & forest green, just like we had years ago.
Gee, the cereal bowl seemed so much bigger then.
I collect square Melmac and have many Brookpark pieces as well as Arrowhead, the other popular Melmac manufacturer who made squared off dishes. I absolutely love the cereal bowls with the two tabs on either side. I have them in all different colors. Brookpark made the classiest colors. Their pieces were also a little thicker than the Arrowhead ones.
I’ve collected Melmac for so long and I’ve used pieces in many of my art works. One of my favorites was a Melmac room divider that I made for Cyndi Lauper’s scene in Shelley Duval’s “Mother Goose Rock ‘N Rhyme” HBO special in the early ’90s. She played Little Bo Peep and the divider was hanging in her kitchen. This part of my website is in Flash so I can’t give you a direct link to the photo but if you go to https://www.alleewillis.com/art/sets-props/index.htm and select “Mother Goose Rock ‘N Rhyme” it will take you to a page of photos. There’s a longshot of it in the fifth photo, a tighter shot in the sixth and an even tighter shot in the eighth where it hangs behind the sink. I handbuilt the whole set and all the props.
The set props are absolutely amazing. Love the pink car table.
The melmac was a perfect touch of color too. Seeing these set designs as photos, disecting all the elements is the best way to take it all in. Did any of the props ever become part of you personal collection?
I don’t keep this stuff in the house but I still own all the props I made. I did tons of music videos as well as “Just Say julie” on MTV. Click the links on that page (https://www.alleewillis.com/art/sets-props/index.htm ) as most of them are there.
What a great super sized amusment park all these prop designs would be. with a spin of an animated cartoons. Look out Disney!
I love Melmac! I don’t have a jewelry box, I just keep all my stuff in various melmac sugar bowls and creamers on my dresser. I never get tired of looking at it and the bright colors.
Allee, when Rock ‘n Rhyme aired I was about 10 years old, and I taped it off of HBO and watched it over and over. I probably never noticed the melmac curtain at the time, but I have new respect for my childhood taste, knowing it was there.
Love that! I did all of Cyndi’s sets in this. We were also writing together at the time.