Heavy, colored, cast Club Aluminum cookware is no longer made in its original form. A newer version of Club Aluminum is now marketed by the Mirro Company, but the original cookware, highly prized by some collectors, is more difficult to find.
In 1923, the Club Aluminum Utensil Company introduced Club Aluminum cookware in Chicago. Door-to-door salesmen peddled Club Aluminum in much the same manner as plastic storage containers. Salesmen—they were ordinarily men--invited housewives to host a lunch. There the salesman would demonstrate the cookware.
The company went bankrupt in 1933. Thereafter, it went through various incarnations, eventually emerging as Club Products. Standard International Corporation bought it in 1968. Regalware made and marketed Club Aluminum for a while, but went out of business in the mid-1980s. The brand name was eventually obtained by the Mirro Company.
Herbert John Taylor, who took over the company after it went bankrupt, used Club Aluminum to create a famous code of ethics that helped get the company out of hock. The code had four questions: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Numerous companies and fraternal organizations later adopted the code.
Club Aluminum cookware is cast not spun, and it is heavy. It traditionally came in striking colors, including orange, blue and avocado. The bottoms of the later models have circular ridges. Newer models were also designed for easier stirring and pouring.
Where to Buy
Some cookware touted as "Club" aluminum has nothing to do with genuine Club Aluminum. It takes effort and persistence and an alert shopper to buy older, original Club Aluminum cookware. Highly prized originals can often be found in secondhand stores, thrift shops, garage sales and estate sales. It is sometimes sold online and offered for sale on eBay and other sites where used cookware might be sold.