For the Love of Jadeite


Jadeite first became all the rage in the 1940s and ’50s when the United States was recovering from World War II and needed something cheerful yet functional. A number of companies produced it, including McKee, Jeannette Glass Company, and, of course, the ever-popular Fire-King line called Jade-ite, made by Anchor Hocking Company. Although jadeite was originally designed for home use, an extra-sturdy line known as Restaurant Ware was created for commercial purposes. It was not unusual at the time for the local diner to offer not only a blue plate special but also a “green plate” special served on this durable but beautiful dinnerware. Many people received their first piece free in a box of oats or soap powder—or even when leaving a movie theater—as an introduction to the unique color.