Welcome to The Branchell Company website!
Enjoy your tour through the
golden years of The Branchell Company. This site covers the company and
its products from the late '40s into the early '60s, and also will provide
some information on the life of talented designer Kaye LaMoyne. It's not
unreasonable to say that without Kaye LaMoyne, The Branchell Company would
not have stood out against the other 350 or so companies that manufactured
Melmac dinnerware during this period.
been collecting Melmac dinnerware since 1984, and immediately gravitated
to The Branchell Company. Lured by the great colors, designs, and patterns,
it was also readily available, therefore easy to collect. It's an attainable
goal to put together a place setting for 4 in any of the colors, or a comprehensive
collection to include just about anything and everything.
| I will
remain forever skeptical of the claims that Russel Wright's Residential
line was the all-time best seller of Melmac dinnerware. Until the day when
sales figures of the Residential line can be compared to sales figures
of Kaye LaMoyne's Color-Flyte dinnerware, it's a safe bet to say that Color-Flyte
may have outsold Residential.
| Many thanks to the
following people who have contributed to this site - Mary Howe, Marilyn
J. Felling, Debbie Gregg, Carol Hollander, and Chris Brown; and thanks
to Dan Massad and Scott Eggert for contributing great items to my collection
over the years; and thanx (I think) to Clarisse Carnell for getting me
hooked on this hobby!
| If you have anything
you'd like to add to this site, please send me an e-mail.