Yellow Speckled Daileyware Melamine Plates Newark New York
These dinner plates are marked "An exclusive design Daileyware by Home Decorators Inc, Newark New York". They are yellow speckled melamine, and were obviously well-used, as they have scratches which appear to be from knives cutting into items on the plates. From what I understand, these surface scratches can be buffed out using a plastic polish. Melamine became very popular for tableware in the 1950s - 1960s, and it was thought that this new plastic would replace the standard stoneware/porcelain/china in most homes. Melamine became less popular in the 1960s due to its tendency to stain and scratch, and became mostly obsolete with the advent of microwave ovens - it heats from the inside out and will crack in the microwave.