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Vintage Red Fiesta® (1936 - 1973)

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Radioactive Red Fiesta

Instantly recognizable, this orange-tinted red was one of the original five colors when Fiesta was introduced in 1937. Red was the simplest choice because business demand indicated that color would be commerically successful. This continues up to today, since Scarlet Red persists as the top-selling color of Fiesta.

Red was also the most expensive color to produce. Production of red included depleted uranium oxide, which after 1943 required a special license from the Atomic Energy Commission. The Collector's Encyclopedia of Fiesta by Bob and Sharon Huxford reports that rad Fiesta from 1937 to 1943 consisted of "uranium oxide (U-308) with the uranium content being made up of about 0.7% U-235 and the remainder U-238." After World War II and the negative publicity over radioactivity, the red colorant consisted of depleted technical grade U-308 with the uranium content being made up of about 0.2% U-235, U-238 making up the rest.

This atomic recipe led to the now infamous labelling of Fiesta as radioactive, or more spcifically, radioactive red. Are these levels at all dangerous? Not al all. Surfact contact on a vintage red 9" dinner plate produces 0.5 mR/hr (milliroentgens per hour. To contrast, the radium dial on a watch produces 20 mR/hr and a chest X-Ray produces 44mR per film. According to the Huxford's "safe levels for humans workling with radiation is 20 mR/day as background radiation."

Muckracking news stories starting then and continuing up to today only heightened the gossip, but presentation of the science shows that using vintage Red Fiesta dishes does not create a china syndrome.

Vintage red is truly one of the most brilliant colors ever produced in the history of dinnerware. Collecting this glaze is highly rewarding.

RARE VINTAGE RED ORANGE FIESTA MIXING BOWL #2 FIESTAWARE HOMER LAUGHLIN RARE VINTAGE RED ORANGE FIESTA MIXING BOWL #2 FIESTAWARE HOMER LAUGHLIN $80.00 1h 3m
Kitchen Kraft Radioactive Red Cake Pie Server Lifter Homer Laughlin Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Radioactive Red Cake Pie Server Lifter Homer Laughlin Fiesta $79.99 1h 50m
Vintage Fiesta Red 5 1/2 Inch Fruit Bowl Fiestaware Homer Laughlin Vintage Fiesta Red 5 1/2 Inch Fruit Bowl Fiestaware Homer Laughlin $19.95 3h 40m
RETRO FIESTA WARE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS RED, PALE YELLOW, WHITE RETRO FIESTA WARE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS RED, PALE YELLOW, WHITE $20.00 5h 31m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 8.5 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 8.5" Nappy Bowl Imprinted Logo $28.99 6h 9m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 2 Plates 9.5 In Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 2 Plates 9.5 In $19.95 6h 21m
Vintage FIESTA WARE Set of 5 Coffee Mugs Blue, Green, Orange, Red and Purple EUC Vintage FIESTA WARE Set of 5 Coffee Mugs Blue, Green, Orange, Red and Purple EUC $30.00 17h 25m
Fiesta, Vintage, 6 Fiesta, Vintage, 6" Bread Butter Plate, Fiestaware, Red, UnMarked $10.99 17h 25m
Fiesta HLC USA Bowl Red Fiesta HLC USA Bowl Red 0 $22.99 19h 16m
4  Vintage Fiesta  - Kitchen Kraft  Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow  - Cobalt 4 Vintage Fiesta - Kitchen Kraft Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow - Cobalt $249.00 19h 21m
Vintage Franciscan Solid Maroon Chili Chowder Dip Bowl Pottery China Marked F Vintage Franciscan Solid Maroon Chili Chowder Dip Bowl Pottery China Marked F $13.45 22h 20m
Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange Cup & Saucer Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange Cup & Saucer 0 $25.00 22h 42m
Vintage Fiesta UNMARKED Raised Bottom 14 Vintage Fiesta UNMARKED Raised Bottom 14" Chop Plate Round Platter RED/Orange $50.00 23h 9m
Vintage Fiesta Red 5 1/2 Vintage Fiesta Red 5 1/2" Fruit Bowl Homer Laughlin $14.00 23h 13m
VINTAGE FIESTA 1969-1972 IRONSTONE MANGO RED CREAMER VERY RARE!  FLAWLESS VINTAGE FIESTA 1969-1972 IRONSTONE MANGO RED CREAMER VERY RARE! FLAWLESS $48.99 23h 24m
Vintage Fiestaware Orange Red Gravy Boat Vintage Fiestaware Orange Red Gravy Boat 0 $55.00 1d 7m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS -FIESTAWARE - T16 $24.00 1d 1h 2m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA COFFEE SERVER AND LID -FIESTAWARE T16 $195.00 1d 1h 7m
Vintage California Pottery USA Original Red Glaze with Lid 850 Vintage California Pottery USA Original Red Glaze with Lid 850 $33.00 1d 1h 43m
FIESTAWARE Vintage MCM Mugs, Pair of 2 Red Ceramic Cups with Circle Fingerhold FIESTAWARE Vintage MCM Mugs, Pair of 2 Red Ceramic Cups with Circle Fingerhold $18.00 1d 1h 55m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA INDIVIDUAL CREAMER -FIESTAWARE - w4 $235.00 1d 1h 59m
VINTAGE HOMER LAUGHLIN  RIVIERA RED TALL JUG,COVERED SYRUP WITH LID AND TRAY VINTAGE HOMER LAUGHLIN RIVIERA RED TALL JUG,COVERED SYRUP WITH LID AND TRAY 0 $600.00 1d 2h 53m
VINTAGE TURQUOISE &  RED  HARLEQUIN  INDIVIDUAL SALAD BOWLS  -FIESTAWARE VINTAGE TURQUOISE & RED HARLEQUIN INDIVIDUAL SALAD BOWLS -FIESTAWARE 0 $22.00 1d 2h 54m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA CREAM SOUP BOWL - FIESTAWARE FM 0 $40.00 1d 2h 57m
VINTAGE RED HARLEQUIN  INDIVIDUAL SALAD BOWL  -FIESTAWARE                     FM VINTAGE RED HARLEQUIN INDIVIDUAL SALAD BOWL -FIESTAWARE FM 0 $45.00 1d 2h 57m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Red Cup Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Red Cup $55.00 1d 3h 12m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Red Cup 1930s 1940s Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Red Cup 1930s 1940s $50.00 1d 3h 16m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Original Red Cup 1930s 1940s Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Original Red Cup 1930s 1940s $65.00 1d 3h 19m
VINTAGE FIESTAWARE RED DISK PITCHER, H-MARK 1990'S EXC. CONDITION VINTAGE FIESTAWARE RED DISK PITCHER, H-MARK 1990'S EXC. CONDITION 0 $40.00 1d 3h 27m
3 Vintage Red FIESTA COFFEE TEA CUPS HLC FIESTAWARE 3 Vintage Red FIESTA COFFEE TEA CUPS HLC FIESTAWARE 0 $7.95 1d 4h 28m
Fiesta RED 6 Fiesta RED 6" Saucer ~ REPLACEMENT $12.99 1d 4h 33m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Salt & Pepper 221117 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Salt & Pepper 221117 $39.99 1d 5h 16m
fiestaware bowl with lid 12 inch diameter, scarlet, no flaws fiestaware bowl with lid 12 inch diameter, scarlet, no flaws 0 $50.00 1d 6h 30m
VTG. Homer Laughlin Fiesta 4 Dark Maroon Color, EUC. VTG. Homer Laughlin Fiesta 4 Dark Maroon Color, EUC. $20.00 1d 7h 4m
Very Rare Vintage Fiesta Red Mixing Bowl Lid #4 Very Rare Vintage Fiesta Red Mixing Bowl Lid #4 $750.00 1d 8h 48m
VINTAGE FIESTA / 13 VINTAGE FIESTA / 13" CHOP PLATE IN THE COLOR OF RED 0 $13.99 1d 10h 8m
OLD BAUER OVAL BOWL OLD BAUER OVAL BOWL $20.00 1d 18h 42m
FIESTA WARE SMALL BOWL 5 5/8 FIESTA WARE SMALL BOWL 5 5/8" DIA RED MARKED FIESTA MADE IN USA $5.85 1d 19h 35m
FIESTA WARE RED PLATE 9 FIESTA WARE RED PLATE 9" MARKED $9.44 1d 19h 37m
MID-CENTURY HOMER LAUGHLIN HARLEQUIN - RED CUP AND SAUCER - NICE! MID-CENTURY HOMER LAUGHLIN HARLEQUIN - RED CUP AND SAUCER - NICE! $8.00 1d 21h 17m
VINTAGE  FIESTA WARE HOMER LAUGHLIN #2 RED 6 VINTAGE FIESTA WARE HOMER LAUGHLIN #2 RED 6" MIXING BOWL 0 $45.00 1d 21h 41m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Fruit bowl Fiesta 5.5 inch Original Red bowl Vintage Fiestaware Red Fruit bowl Fiesta 5.5 inch Original Red bowl $35.00 1d 22h 13m
Vintage Fiestaware Original Red Fruit bowl Fiesta 5.5 inch Original Red bowl Vintage Fiestaware Original Red Fruit bowl Fiesta 5.5 inch Original Red bowl $29.00 1d 22h 16m
VINTAGE FIESTA / COVERED CASSEROLE DISH - RED VINTAGE FIESTA / COVERED CASSEROLE DISH - RED 0 $69.99 1d 22h 40m
VINTAGE FIESTA / 8 1/2 VINTAGE FIESTA / 8 1/2" NAPPY BOWL - RED 0 $11.99 1d 22h 42m
Fiesta Cinnabar Maroon Red 7 Fiesta Cinnabar Maroon Red 7" Bowl Retired Vintage Homer Laughlin $12.00 1d 23h 46m
Fiesta Cinnabar Maroon Salad Plate 7 1/4 Fiesta Cinnabar Maroon Salad Plate 7 1/4" Retired Vintage Homer Laughlin $9.00 1d 23h 46m
HTF ~ Vintage Fiesta ~ HTF ~ Vintage Fiesta ~ "Radioactive RED" ~ Stick Handle DEMITASSE CUP $59.00 2d 4h 41m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Salt and Pepper Set in Original Red (Orange) Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Salt and Pepper Set in Original Red (Orange) $35.75 2d 6h 45m
Fiesta Fiestaware ~ VINTAGE ~ ICE LIP PITCHER ORIGINAL RED BEAUTIFUL Fiesta Fiestaware ~ VINTAGE ~ ICE LIP PITCHER ORIGINAL RED BEAUTIFUL "REDUCED" ! 0 $110.00 2d 7h 20m
Vintage Fiesta Red Covered Onion Soup Vintage Fiesta Red Covered Onion Soup 0 $750.00 2d 9h 55m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Nappy 221135 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Nappy 221135 $33.99 2d 10h 39m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Ice Lip Pitcher Homer Laughlin Radioactive Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Ice Lip Pitcher Homer Laughlin Radioactive $165.00 2d 10h 51m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Rimmed Soup Bowl 221122 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Rimmed Soup Bowl 221122 $47.99 2d 11h
Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Tom And Jerry Coffee Cup Mug Ring Handle Red Mint Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Tom And Jerry Coffee Cup Mug Ring Handle Red Mint 0 $45.00 2d 11h 30m
Fiesta Disc large water pitcher Fiestaware Cinnabar burgundy maroon MINT retired Fiesta Disc large water pitcher Fiestaware Cinnabar burgundy maroon MINT retired $29.99 2d 11h 43m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Medium Teapot in Original Red Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Medium Teapot in Original Red $162.50 2d 11h 48m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Footed Salad Bowl Homer Laughlin Punch Bowl Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Footed Salad Bowl Homer Laughlin Punch Bowl $495.00 2d 12h 55m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red 15 Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red 15" Chop Plate Homer Laughlin Serving Platter $115.00 2d 13h 7m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Promotional Mixing Bowl Red and Blue Stripe Vintage Homer Laughlin Promotional Mixing Bowl Red and Blue Stripe $24.99 2d 17h 26m
Vintage Fiesta Red Vintage Fiesta Red" small Kitchen Kraft Individual Casserole Lid (1938-1944) 0 $10.00 2d 19h 6m
4 Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange & Blue Shaker Shakers 4 Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange & Blue Shaker Shakers $49.50 2d 19h 13m
Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange Green Gravy Boat Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange Green Gravy Boat $49.50 2d 19h 13m
FIESTA WARE  Cup and  2 Saucers Burgundy FIESTA WARE Cup and 2 Saucers Burgundy $12.50 2d 20h 47m
Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Salad Dessert Plate Retired Red 7 1/4 Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Salad Dessert Plate Retired Red 7 1/4" (2 available) $6.00 2d 21h 1m
Homer Laughlin Fiesta Fiestaware Soup Cereal Bowl Retired Red 7” (2 available) Homer Laughlin Fiesta Fiestaware Soup Cereal Bowl Retired Red 7” (2 available) $6.00 2d 21h 1m
Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Water Tumbler 4 1/2”  Red Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Water Tumbler 4 1/2” Red 0 $30.00 2d 21h 19m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Salt & Pepper Shakers - Original Color - Mint Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Salt & Pepper Shakers - Original Color - Mint $24.70 2d 21h 46m
Lot of 3 Vintage FIESTA 6 Lot of 3 Vintage FIESTA 6" Saucer Plate Pre-1973 Fiestaware 0 $8.99 2d 21h 48m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Sugar Bowl, No Lid - Original Color - Mint Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Sugar Bowl, No Lid - Original Color - Mint $18.20 2d 22h 6m
VINTAGE FIESTA 13 VINTAGE FIESTA 13" RED CHOP PLATE $65.00 2d 22h 22m
Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Mixing Bowl #2 Red Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Mixing Bowl #2 Red 0 $68.50 2d 23h 3m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Sauceboat (aka Gravy Boat) - Original Color - Mint Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Sauceboat (aka Gravy Boat) - Original Color - Mint $36.40 2d 23h 10m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Ice Lip Pitcher - Original Color - Gorgeous Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Ice Lip Pitcher - Original Color - Gorgeous $105.30 2d 23h 11m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older set cup and saucer HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older set cup and saucer $27.96 2d 23h 40m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older bread dessert plate HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older bread dessert plate $18.36 2d 23h 42m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older demitasse saucer only with stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older demitasse saucer only with stamp $19.96 3d
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older demitasse saucer NO stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older demitasse saucer NO stamp $17.56 3d 1m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate NO stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate NO stamp $31.96 3d 22m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate with  stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate with stamp $39.96 3d 23m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older chop NO stamp 12 HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older chop NO stamp 12" $39.96 3d 28m
Vtg. Original Red 1930'S FIESTA WARE Cup and Saucer Harlequin Radioactive Red Vtg. Original Red 1930'S FIESTA WARE Cup and Saucer Harlequin Radioactive Red $6.95 3d 40m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older Ice Lip Pitcher HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older Ice Lip Pitcher $135.96 3d 47m
Fiesta Vintage Stick Handle Creamer Original Red Fiestaware Fiesta Vintage Stick Handle Creamer Original Red Fiestaware $40.00 3d 58m
Fiestaware ~ 6 Piece Place Setting ~ Plates, Bowls, Mug ~ Fiestaware ~ 6 Piece Place Setting ~ Plates, Bowls, Mug ~ "SCARLET" $31.99 3d 2h 28m
VINTAGE FIESTA COFFEE SERVER - RED VINTAGE FIESTA COFFEE SERVER - RED 0 $150.00 3d 2h 28m
Fiestaware ~ Homer Laughlin ~ 4 Piece Creamer and Sugar Set ~ Fiestaware ~ Homer Laughlin ~ 4 Piece Creamer and Sugar Set ~ "SCARLET" $19.99 3d 2h 43m
FIESTAWARE FIESTAWARE "RADIOACTIVE RED" DISC JUICE JUG / PITCHER. $75.00 3d 2h 47m
VINTAGE Fiesta Fiestaware Radioactive Red Orange Carafe Pitcher No Stopper VINTAGE Fiesta Fiestaware Radioactive Red Orange Carafe Pitcher No Stopper $50.00 3d 2h 57m
Mint RED 2 Pt. Medium Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Jug w/ Ring handle - EXCELLENT Mint RED 2 Pt. Medium Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Jug w/ Ring handle - EXCELLENT $350.00 3d 3h 11m
VINTAGE FIESTA  SUGAR BOWL / LID / CREAMER - RED VINTAGE FIESTA  SUGAR BOWL / LID / CREAMER - RED 0 $60.00 3d 3h 17m
HTF Vintage Fiesta UNMARKED Raised Bottom 12 1/4 HTF Vintage Fiesta UNMARKED Raised Bottom 12 1/4" Chop Plate Round Platter RED $15.00 3d 3h 25m
VINTAGE FIESTA 10 INCH RED PLATE VINTAGE FIESTA 10 INCH RED PLATE $10.00 3d 3h 31m
VINTAGE RED FIESTA SYRUP VINTAGE RED FIESTA SYRUP 0 $175.00 3d 4h 10m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Custard Cup with Mexicalis Decal with Red Stripe Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Custard Cup with Mexicalis Decal with Red Stripe 0 $49.99 3d 4h 26m
Fiestaware Deep Plates Radioactive Red/Blue set (2) Fiestaware Deep Plates Radioactive Red/Blue set (2) $65.99 3d 4h 28m
Fiestaware Radioactive Red &  Blue Salt and Pepper Shaker Fiestaware Radioactive Red & Blue Salt and Pepper Shaker $39.99 3d 4h 28m
Fiestaware Radioactive 10 Fiestaware Radioactive 10" Plate Set (6) $350.00 3d 4h 28m
2 HLC Fiestaware Red Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Maker Mark 2 HLC Fiestaware Red Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Maker Mark $29.99 3d 4h 36m
Vintage Fiesta RED 6 Vintage Fiesta RED 6" SAUCER ~ 0 $5.99 3d 4h 46m

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