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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.

Vintage Fiesta Red/Orange Teapot with Lid And Vintage/Antique Tea Strainer! Vintage Fiesta Red/Orange Teapot with Lid And Vintage/Antique Tea Strainer! $39.99 37m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA CREAMER - FIESTAWARE - V22 $25.00 4h 6m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) 2 Quart Disc Water Pitcher 221139 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) 2 Quart Disc Water Pitcher 221139 $189.95 6h 5m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Bread & Butter Plate 221099 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Bread & Butter Plate 221099 $11.99 6h 9m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Luncheon Plate 221112 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Luncheon Plate 221112 $27.99 6h 12m
Burgundy Fiestaware Lot - 12 pieces - TTD & HLC Burgundy Fiestaware Lot - 12 pieces - TTD & HLC 0 $4.99 6h 33m
Fiestaware Burgundy Teapot Fiestaware Burgundy Teapot 0 $49.95 6h 38m
Well-loved Well-loved "radioactive" red Fiestaware Kitchencraft casserole 0 $25.00 7h 1m
Vintage Fiesta Red Demitasse Cup  and Saucer, mint cup Vintage Fiesta Red Demitasse Cup and Saucer, mint cup $33.33 7h 3m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red Bowl 7 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red Bowl 7" Inch 0 $3.99 8h 35m
Vintage Fiestaware orange (red??) carafe with cork stopper Vintage Fiestaware orange (red??) carafe with cork stopper 0 $145.00 9h 22m
Vintage FIESTA HLC USA Ware Radioactive Red 10 Vintage FIESTA HLC USA Ware Radioactive Red 10" Carafe Cork Stopper $169.99 9h 49m
2 Fiestaware Homer Laughlin 7 2 Fiestaware Homer Laughlin 7" Plates ~ Red and Yellow $6.99 10h 56m
Vintage Fiesta Red Casserole Lid 8-1/4 inch Fiestaware 50's Vintage Fiesta Red Casserole Lid 8-1/4 inch Fiestaware 50's $50.00 13h 9m
Old Fiesta MADE IN USA HLC 4 3/4 Fruit Bowls (x3) Cobalt, Yellow, Old Fiesta MADE IN USA HLC 4 3/4 Fruit Bowls (x3) Cobalt, Yellow, $60.00 13h 33m
Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 9.5 Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 9.5" Plates (x6) Cobalt Yellow Green Turquoise Ivory $60.00 13h 33m
Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA Ring Handle Cups & Saucers Red, Cobalt, Yellow, Lt. Green Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA Ring Handle Cups & Saucers Red, Cobalt, Yellow, Lt. Green $30.00 13h 34m
Vintage pre-WWII Radioactive Fiestaware Round Plate 14.25 “ Red Orange Vintage pre-WWII Radioactive Fiestaware Round Plate 14.25 “ Red Orange 0 $30.00 13h 42m
Vintage pre-WWII Radioactive Fiestaware Platter 12.75 x 10 Red Orange Vintage pre-WWII Radioactive Fiestaware Platter 12.75 x 10 Red Orange 0 $35.00 13h 42m
6 Vintage Fiesta  Black Red Gold Stripe 6 6 Vintage Fiesta Black Red Gold Stripe 6" Side Plates ART DECO Cottage 0 $19.99 13h 42m
Fiesta HLC USA Bowl Red Fiesta HLC USA Bowl Red 0 $9.99 13h 54m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Salt & Pepper Shakers Red Or Poppy Orange Homer Laughlin Vintage Fiesta Ware Salt & Pepper Shakers Red Or Poppy Orange Homer Laughlin 0 $16.00 14h 41m
Vintage Fiesta RED 6 Vintage Fiesta RED 6" SAUCER ~ $5.99 14h 51m
Vintage 1930s Fiesta Red Salt + Pepper Shaker - One Shaker  Vintage 1930s Fiesta Red Salt + Pepper Shaker - One Shaker  0 $5.00 15h 5m
Vintage Fiesta RED Sugar Bowl  C ~ Vintage Fiesta RED Sugar Bowl C ~ 0 $7.99 15h 17m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Oven Serve 10 Vintage Homer Laughlin Oven Serve 10" Bowl Cream w/ Red Stripe & Flowers~ 0 $8.99 15h 17m
Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4" Saucers ~ Red Ivory Yellow Green Turquoise Blue ~UNMARKED 0 $9.99 15h 32m
Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4" Saucers ~ Red Ivory Yellow Green Turquoise Blue ~ Set of 6 0 $9.99 15h 51m
Vintage Fiesta RED Carafe Jug ~ Vintage Fiesta RED Carafe Jug ~ 0 $49.99 15h 53m
Vintage Fiesta RED Juice Glass Tumbler ~ Vintage Fiesta RED Juice Glass Tumbler ~ 0 $9.99 15h 55m
Vintage Fiesta RED 10 1/4 Vintage Fiesta RED 10 1/4" Dinner Plate ~ 0 $9.99 15h 55m
Vintage Original Fiesta 14” Orange Red Chop Plate Platter Excellent! Vintage Original Fiesta 14” Orange Red Chop Plate Platter Excellent! $55.00 15h 56m
RARE Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Large WHITE with RED STRIPE Shakers minty RARE Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Large WHITE with RED STRIPE Shakers minty 0 $55.55 16h 10m
 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4" Saucers ~ Red Ivory Yellow Green Turquoise Cobalt Blue ~ 0 $12.99 16h 10m
Vintage Fiesta Teacups & Saucers ~ Red, Yellow, Medium Green &  Turquoise  ~ Vintage Fiesta Teacups & Saucers ~ Red, Yellow, Medium Green & Turquoise ~ 0 $34.99 16h 15m
Vintage Fiesta RED STRIPE ONION SOUP BOWL w/LID ~ XTREMELY RARE ~ Vintage Fiesta RED STRIPE ONION SOUP BOWL w/LID ~ XTREMELY RARE ~ 0 $6,500.00 16h 15m
Homer Laughlin Fiesta RED(Orange) DINNER PLATE(s)  10 3/8 Homer Laughlin Fiesta RED(Orange) DINNER PLATE(s) 10 3/8" NOT SIGNED EXCELLENT $40.00 18h 27m
Contemorary Fiesta HLC USA Fiestawear Mug Coffee Cup D Handle Red 12 oz Contemorary Fiesta HLC USA Fiestawear Mug Coffee Cup D Handle Red 12 oz $7.95 18h 53m
Old Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA RADIOACTIVE GLAZE RIMMED SOUP BOWL FIESTAWARE Old Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA RADIOACTIVE GLAZE RIMMED SOUP BOWL FIESTAWARE $34.99 19h 35m
Vintage red Fiesta 5 1/2 Vintage red Fiesta 5 1/2" bowl $30.00 20h 8m
Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Red #3 mixing bowl / nesting bowl Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Red #3 mixing bowl / nesting bowl $39.99 1d 2h 47m
4 Vintage Fiestaware Kitchen Kraft  Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow  - Blue 4 Vintage Fiestaware Kitchen Kraft Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow - Blue $265.00 1d 4h 56m
VINTAGE FIESTA WARE HOMER LAUGHLIN Water Disc Pitcher LARGE RED 7-1/4 VINTAGE FIESTA WARE HOMER LAUGHLIN Water Disc Pitcher LARGE RED 7-1/4" $175.00 1d 6h 7m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Dinner Plate 221097 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Dinner Plate 221097 $79.95 1d 6h 10m
Vintage Fiesta Basketweave Nut Cups, Red & Blue Vintage Fiesta Basketweave Nut Cups, Red & Blue $10.00 1d 6h 48m
Vintage Vintage "Radioactive" Red FIESTA SUGAR BOWL Fiestaware No Lid $14.99 1d 6h 54m
Fiestaware Vintage  Red Plates 9.5 Fiestaware Vintage Red Plates 9.5" $14.99 1d 8h 30m
Set Of Five Fiesta Harlequin (5) Cups With Saucers Plus A Maroon Cup Set Of Five Fiesta Harlequin (5) Cups With Saucers Plus A Maroon Cup 0 $30.00 1d 8h 47m
Rare *VINTAGE* Fiesta Ware RED (1936-1938) Footed Comport (Compote) 12 3/8 Rare *VINTAGE* Fiesta Ware RED (1936-1938) Footed Comport (Compote) 12 3/8" $299.98 1d 11h 43m
Vintage Fiesta 9 1/2'' Fiestaware Dinner Plates Vintage Fiesta 9 1/2'' Fiestaware Dinner Plates $10.00 1d 12h 47m
Vintage Original GENUINE Fiesta Scarlet 2½ Vintage Original GENUINE Fiesta Scarlet 2½" Salt & Pepper Set. H L Co USA $19.99 1d 14h 42m
Vintage Original GENUINE Fiesta Scarlet ¼ Lb Covered Butter 7 3/8 Vintage Original GENUINE Fiesta Scarlet ¼ Lb Covered Butter 7 3/8" H L Co USA $39.99 1d 14h 50m
 Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin RED Salt Shaker Fiesta ~ Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin RED Salt Shaker Fiesta ~ 0 $6.99 1d 14h 53m
vintage fiesta red number 5 mixing bowl vintage fiesta red number 5 mixing bowl 0 $49.99 1d 15h 18m
VINTAGE FIESTA--ORIGINAL RED & COLBALT-SET OF 4 - 6 VINTAGE FIESTA--ORIGINAL RED & COLBALT-SET OF 4 - 6" SAUCERS $15.00 1d 15h 37m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 8.5 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 8.5" Nappy Bowl Imprinted Logo $28.99 1d 15h 46m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red 7” Salad Plate Fiesta Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red 7” Salad Plate Fiesta $18.99 1d 15h 59m
1940's original authentic Fiesta Red disk pitcher. 1940's original authentic Fiesta Red disk pitcher. $140.00 2d 2h 36m
VINTAGE FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS - TURQOUIS & RED SET, small bulb style VINTAGE FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS - TURQOUIS & RED SET, small bulb style $14.99 2d 2h 51m
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 2d 5h 9m
EUC VINTAGE RADIOACTIVE RED FIESTA CUP & SAUCER - SHELF DISPLAY EUC VINTAGE RADIOACTIVE RED FIESTA CUP & SAUCER - SHELF DISPLAY $19.50 2d 6h 7m
RARE OLD Vintage 1969 MANGO RED FIESTA COFFEE TEA CUP HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTAWARE RARE OLD Vintage 1969 MANGO RED FIESTA COFFEE TEA CUP HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTAWARE $23.88 2d 6h 16m
Old Vintage 1969 MANGO RED FIESTA COFFEE TEA CUP HOMER LAUGHLIN HLC FIESTAWARE Old Vintage 1969 MANGO RED FIESTA COFFEE TEA CUP HOMER LAUGHLIN HLC FIESTAWARE $23.87 2d 6h 23m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Brown Coffee Pot NO LID SMALL HAIRLINE LOW PRICE RARE Vintage Fiesta Ware Brown Coffee Pot NO LID SMALL HAIRLINE LOW PRICE RARE 0 $20.00 2d 6h 50m
Vintage Fiestaware Plate Mango Red / Orange 10.5 Vintage Fiestaware Plate Mango Red / Orange 10.5" Plate Small f Stamp 0 $5.99 2d 7h 34m
Fiestaware Carafe in Red - Vintage Fiestaware Carafe in Red - Vintage $260.00 2d 7h 41m
Vintage fiesta carafe HLE6 USA 1936-1942 Radioactivity Red Pitcher 48oz 2 Chips. Vintage fiesta carafe HLE6 USA 1936-1942 Radioactivity Red Pitcher 48oz 2 Chips. $65.00 2d 7h 58m
Vintage Fiestaware Orange/ Mango Red Cereal Bowl Small f Stamp 8.5 Vintage Fiestaware Orange/ Mango Red Cereal Bowl Small f Stamp 8.5" Diameter 0 $5.99 2d 8h 6m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Disc Pitcher Large 67 oz Water Scarlet Ruby Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Disc Pitcher Large 67 oz Water Scarlet Ruby Fiestaware $29.95 2d 8h 11m
Vintage FiestaWare Red/Orange Large Disc Water Pitcher Vintage FiestaWare Red/Orange Large Disc Water Pitcher $75.00 2d 9h 15m
Vintage Fiesta  7 pc Red Lot of Fiesta Vintage Fiesta  7 pc Red Lot of Fiesta $89.00 2d 9h 42m
Fiesta Homer Laughlin China Red Cup & Saucer Set Fiesta Homer Laughlin China Red Cup & Saucer Set $19.99 2d 9h 48m
Vintage Fiesta / Fiestaware Large Teapot Radioactive Red LID ONLY Vintage Fiesta / Fiestaware Large Teapot Radioactive Red LID ONLY $44.99 2d 10h 55m
5 Vintage 6.25 5 Vintage 6.25" Bread & Butter Plates 3 Orange (Red) 1 Yellow 1 Blue Type 1 Mark 0 $19.99 2d 14h 32m
 Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin Fiesta RED Tumbler Cup ~ Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin Fiesta RED Tumbler Cup ~ 0 $24.99 2d 14h 58m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin RED 8 3/4 Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin RED 8 3/4" Serving Bowl Fiesta ~ 0 $12.99 2d 14h 59m
Vintage Fiesta RED 8 Oz. Water Glass Tumbler Vintage Fiesta RED 8 Oz. Water Glass Tumbler 0 $10.00 2d 15h 52m
FIESTA  VINTAGE 1950'S -2 DAMAGE ITEMS - 2 CREAM SOUP BOWLS RED FIESTA VINTAGE 1950'S -2 DAMAGE ITEMS - 2 CREAM SOUP BOWLS RED $50.00 2d 16h 9m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Promotional Mixing Bowl Red and Blue Stripe Vintage Homer Laughlin Promotional Mixing Bowl Red and Blue Stripe $24.99 2d 16h 23m
Footed Cup & Saucer Set Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN B Footed Cup & Saucer Set Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN B $19.95 2d 16h 34m
Salad Plate Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN Set of 3 Salad Plate Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN Set of 3 $19.95 2d 16h 34m
Bread & Butter  Plate Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN Bread & Butter Plate Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN $9.95 2d 16h 34m
Fiestaware, Vintage, 12 Fiestaware, Vintage, 12" Compartment Plate, Divided, Grill, Fiesta, Red, orange $62.09 2d 17h 16m
FIESTA WARE  Cup and  2 Saucers Burgundy FIESTA WARE Cup and 2 Saucers Burgundy $12.50 2d 17h 20m
Mug Fiesta Claret Red Burgundy Maroon by Homer Laughlin Fiestaware HLC USA Mug Fiesta Claret Red Burgundy Maroon by Homer Laughlin Fiestaware HLC USA $14.03 2d 18h 47m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Footed Salad / Punch Bowl Homer Laughlin Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Footed Salad / Punch Bowl Homer Laughlin $300.00 2d 19h 31m
Fiesta Disc large water pitcher Fiestaware Cinnabar burgundy maroon retired Fiesta Disc large water pitcher Fiestaware Cinnabar burgundy maroon retired $25.00 2d 21h 57m
fiestaware vintage Red Cup And  Saucer fiestaware vintage Red Cup And Saucer 0 $6.00 3d 31m
Vintage Fiesta Pottery Nappy Bowl in Original Red Glaze | Circa 1936-1942 Vintage Fiesta Pottery Nappy Bowl in Original Red Glaze | Circa 1936-1942 0 $78.00 3d 3h 7m
Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Lunch Plate NEAR MINT Original Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Lunch Plate NEAR MINT Original Fiestaware $29.99 3d 5h 8m
Vintage Homer Laughlin HLCo Fiesta Red Mixing Bowl #1 W/Bottom Rings 1936-1938 Vintage Homer Laughlin HLCo Fiesta Red Mixing Bowl #1 W/Bottom Rings 1936-1938 1 $34.95 3d 8h 47m
Vintage Genuine Fiesta 14 1/2” Radioactive Red Charger/ Chop Plate Vintage Genuine Fiesta 14 1/2” Radioactive Red Charger/ Chop Plate $45.00 3d 8h 59m
Vintage Fiesta Cups & Saucers Radioactive Red Vintage Fiesta Cups & Saucers Radioactive Red $14.00 3d 10h 42m
Vintage Fiesta Sweet Meat Compote Sweets Comport Red Orange  NR Vintage Fiesta Sweet Meat Compote Sweets Comport Red Orange NR 0 $85.00 3d 10h 43m
Vintage Fiesta-ware Fiesta Ironstone Mango Red Ball Pitcher Jug Homer Laughlin Vintage Fiesta-ware Fiesta Ironstone Mango Red Ball Pitcher Jug Homer Laughlin $49.99 3d 11h 56m
Vtg FIESTAWARE Red Blue Green Yellow Orange Cups 6oz 2.75 Vtg FIESTAWARE Red Blue Green Yellow Orange Cups 6oz 2.75" $41.50 3d 14h 12m
Vintage HARLEQUIN Red Orange Ice Water Pitcher BALL JUG Fiesta Homer Laughlin Vintage HARLEQUIN Red Orange Ice Water Pitcher BALL JUG Fiesta Homer Laughlin $45.00 3d 14h 56m
HLC Vintage Fiesta Promotional Red Juice Pitcher + 6 Juice Tumblers - Excellent HLC Vintage Fiesta Promotional Red Juice Pitcher + 6 Juice Tumblers - Excellent $235.00 3d 15h 47m
3 Vintage Fiestaware Fiesta Compartment Plates Divided Grill Cobalt Green Red  3 Vintage Fiestaware Fiesta Compartment Plates Divided Grill Cobalt Green Red  6 $6.50 3d 16h 25m
Vintage Fiesta Fruit Bowl: Orange (Red) Vintage Fiesta Fruit Bowl: Orange (Red) 0 $3.00 3d 18h 11m

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