Manufacturer: Jackson China
User: Astrodome Club – Houston, Texas
Date of plate: circa 1965 – 1973
Notes: The Astrodome Club, first managed by food concessionaire Harry M. Stevens, was an exclusive amenity to season ticket holders that seated 600 guests. Located on the fifth floor of the Houston Astrodome, the club and restaurant were decorated in an historical theme covering the 19th Century to the Space Age. The Hostess wore a long red gown, and the waiters wore tuxedos. The main bar was a massive 100 feet long, there was a separate stag bar, all done in voluptuous reds which cast "a sensual glow on everything." There were sliding glass doors that opened to permit a view of the Houston skyline.
The pattern is on a Paul McCobb Shape. It consists of a cobalt blue band flanked by coin gold stripes as a background for the image of the Astrodome in coin gold on the verge.
A charger plate pictured in a postcard tableside scene features a slightly different topmark design with the Astrodome and a space capsule orbiting it all in coin gold on a dark, possibly cobalt blue, background. This design also appears on matchbooks from the era of Araserv, Inc.'s management of the Astrodome Club.
Author and photos: Steven Koska