Museum people did not like us using the same term - chalkware - even though the process is the same. So we coined it 'contemporary chalkware' to avoid confusion and because it is different from the antique chalkware; as we were the first to use oil paints to the medium.
In the old days moulds were used, but were poured hollow. The colors were bright and garish, often whimsical. Because the pieces were hollow they didn't survive and didn't have much value. The vintage confectionary moulds used by Vaillancourt are extremely detailed and although the product and process is the same, they have included an additive that makes the product more durable than the products of old chalkware.
Carnival prizes in the early 20th century were also made of chalkware.