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This vintage mid-century modern plate with a mobile pattern is aptly named Mobile. From Knowles (K 5069) and made in U.S.A. It's almost 11 inches across at its widest. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern Ballerina Mist plate says underneath: Universal, Oven-Proof, Union Made in U.S.A. It's 10 inches in diameter. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Extraordinary vintage Tricorne plate by Salem, on which is perched the matching cup, Streamline by Salem. About 9 inches across at the widest point. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm A colorful and attractive vintage cake plate from 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern plastic crescent-and-star-pattern plate from Spaulding Ware Chicago. It's 9 inches across. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage 7-1/4 inch Ihop plate from The International House of Pancakes (Homer Laughlin Best China U.S.A.). From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern plastic crescent-and-star-pattern plate from Spaulding Ware Chicago. It's 9-3/4 inches across. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern 9-5/8 inch plastic plate marked on the back with only this: 303, a small '3' under that, and Los Angeles, Calif. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Charming vintage 7 or 8 inch plate from Brock of California features art of a coffee pot and spoon From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Unusual vintage plate is translucent and semi-transparent milky white. It's about 8 inches across. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern cocktail napkins sport a crescent-and-stars pattern. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage Sears Restaurants plate says on the back: Shenango China, New Castle, PA. U.S.A. 6-3/8 inches across.  From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern plate says on back: 'Trend Syracuse..China 97-J U.S.A.' From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern plate from 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern Salem plate says on the back: 'Salem Ovenproof 61 U.' It is 10 inches across. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm Vintage mid-century modern plate from 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/table-1.htm

I’ve heard that some folks who collect plates like to hang them on the wall. To me, this is like collecting motorcycles in your bathroom. It just isn’t, in my humble opinion, where they belong.

I use my plates on my table—for food! And if I don’t have a full set of a particular pattern, I don’t particularly care. I just mix and match. As with any sort of collecting, I believe it should be first and foremost, fun.

The beautiful plate (top left) with a mobile pattern is aptly named Mobile. From Knowles (K 5069) and made in U.S.A. It’s almost 11 inches across at its widest. The light blue plate just above is Ballerina Mist. It says underneath: Universal, Oven-Proof, Union Made in U.S.A. It’s 10 inches in diameter. Left: The distinctive Tricorne by Salem, on which is perched the matching cup, Streamline by Salem. About 9 inches across at the widest point.

Above is a cheery glass multi-color cake plate with no markings. Above middle is a plasic crescent-and-star-pattern plate from Spaulding Ware Chicago. It’s 9 inches across. Next a 7-1/4 inch Ihop plate from The International House of Pancakes (Homer Laughlin Best China U.S.A.). At right is another version of the crescent-and-stars Spaulding Ware Chicago plate. The art is different on this one and it’s a little bigger at 9-3/4 inches.

Far left, with the coffee pot and spoon, is a charming 7 or 8 inch plate from Brock of California. Left is a nice mid-century modern 9-5/8 inch plastic plate marked on the back with only this: 303, a small ‘3’ under that, and Los Angeles, Calif. Below those is a pretty translucent and semi-transparent milky white plate. It's about 8 inches and unmarked. The cocktail napkins sport a crescent-and-stars pattern. Obviously, I like this crescent and stars thing!

The 6-3/8 inch Sears Restaurants plate says on the back: Shenango China, New Castle, PA. U.S.A. To the lower left is a pretty nice 7-1/4 inch plate with 4-pointed stars in browns and blue. It says “Trend Syracuse..China 97-J U.S.A.” Turquoise, gold, and black asterisk figures (stars) adorn the plates below. The large one says Salem Ovenproof 61 U on the back and is 10 inches, the small one is 6-1/4 inches and is unmarked. The asterisk/star plate at the bottom has pink, brown, and blue figures. It’s 6-1/4 inches and is unmarked.