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Vacor de Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico

1930 – 1974

Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico

1974 – operating at the time of this writing



Vacor de Mexico began making clay marbles in 1930.  The history page at their website says that in 1934 they began to make “canicas de cristal”, or crystal marbles.  Then in 1944 they introduced the “Trébol”, a locally popular line of cat’s eyes predating the Japanese cat’s eyes which had such a profound effect on the American marble market in the 1950’s.


In the 1960’s or 1970’s, Vacor went international.  In America they have been distributed under several brands including Qualatex, Alamo, Mega Marbles and Fabricas Selectas.   Not all of the same marbles have been distributed in each geographic region.  For example, if you look for Vacors in Mexico or Europe you might find some which are not available in America.


Their line has continued to expand.  Their style is diverse, colorful and creatively named.  They have made solids, patches, swirls, cat’s eyes, speckled varieties, and more.  They have even reintroduced a line of clay marbles called the Rustic.  Many of their marbles have the potential to be mistaken for vintage styles.  One famous case in point is their Serpent which is occasionally mistaken for the Peltier National Line Rainbo known as the Superman.  Even within a given style name there can be variation, with some seeming obviously modern and some seeming older.  Get to know the Vacors.  It will be important for your marble education and you might enjoy collecting them.





More information:


American Machine-Made Marbles, 2006, Dean Six, Susie Metzler and Michael Johnson



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