Card Table Tray

Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
This card table tray was manufactured by Nordic Ware in the 1950s. It consists of two cup holders, a food container, and an ashtray. The tray could be attached to a card table, providing a convenient place for snacking during a card game or other activity.
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Object Name
card table tray
Nordic Ware
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (holder & legs material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in x 12 in; 8.89 cm x 24.13 cm x 30.48 cm
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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