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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.

Kitchen Kraft, Homer Laughlin, Fiesta, Vintage, Lg Casserole Lid, 7 13/16 Kitchen Kraft, Homer Laughlin, Fiesta, Vintage, Lg Casserole Lid, 7 13/16", Red $58.99 3h 28m
Kitchen Kraft, Vintage, Salt or Pepper Shaker, 7 hole, Fiestaware, Red, Issues Kitchen Kraft, Vintage, Salt or Pepper Shaker, 7 hole, Fiestaware, Red, Issues $7.99 3h 28m
Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware 8 Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware 8" Radioactive Red Flower Vase VERY NICE 5 $118.50 3h 49m
Antique Fiestaware 9 Antique Fiestaware 9" Luncheon plate - Red $40.00 7h 45m
Vintage Fiesta-Ware | Nappy Bowl | Original Red Glaze | Fiesta | 1936-1942 Vintage Fiesta-Ware | Nappy Bowl | Original Red Glaze | Fiesta | 1936-1942 0 $75.00 8h 54m
Lot Of 4 Vtg Fiestaware Juice Tumbler Original 1940s Red, Yellow, Cobalt, Green Lot Of 4 Vtg Fiestaware Juice Tumbler Original 1940s Red, Yellow, Cobalt, Green 0 $50.00 9h 9m
Fiestaware Vintage Radioactive Red Ice Lip Pitcher Fiestaware Vintage Radioactive Red Ice Lip Pitcher $100.00 9h 20m
Vintage Fiesta Red & Turquoise Relish Tray Vintage Fiesta Red & Turquoise Relish Tray 0 $175.00 9h 22m
Fiesta Vintage Stick Handle Demitasse Cups Saucers Fiestaware Red Homer Laughlin Fiesta Vintage Stick Handle Demitasse Cups Saucers Fiestaware Red Homer Laughlin $135.97 9h 27m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA DRIPCUT SYRUP & LID - FIESTAWARE -OA2 $280.00 9h 38m
Antique Fiesta cup & saucer set in original red glaze Antique Fiesta cup & saucer set in original red glaze $65.00 10h 31m
Vintage Fiesta Nesting Mixing Bowl | #2 Radioactive Red | Fiestaware | 1938-1942 Vintage Fiesta Nesting Mixing Bowl | #2 Radioactive Red | Fiestaware | 1938-1942 0 $300.00 11h 18m
Vintage Fiesta | Homar Laughlin | Cream & Sugar Set | Yellow & Red Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta | Homar Laughlin | Cream & Sugar Set | Yellow & Red Fiestaware 0 $145.00 11h 38m
vintage fiesta 9 inch plates in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise vintage fiesta 9 inch plates in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise 0 $34.99 11h 56m
vintage fiesta red,green,yellow,turquoise,ivory and cobalt water tumblers vintage fiesta red,green,yellow,turquoise,ivory and cobalt water tumblers 0 $139.99 11h 57m
vintage fiesta 7 inch platess in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoisev vintage fiesta 7 inch platess in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoisev 0 $26.99 11h 58m
vintage fiesta 6 inch platess in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise vintage fiesta 6 inch platess in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise 0 $20.99 12h 6m
Vintage FIESTA #3 & #4 Red Nesting Mixing Bowls - As Is Vintage FIESTA #3 & #4 Red Nesting Mixing Bowls - As Is 0 $19.92 14h 37m
VTG Fiesta Lot of Red, White, Blue Teacups & Demitasse with Saucers - Fiestaware VTG Fiesta Lot of Red, White, Blue Teacups & Demitasse with Saucers - Fiestaware $71.10 16h 49m
Vintage Fiesta Rose Pink/Red Juice Tumbler Cup - Fiestaware, Made in USA Vintage Fiesta Rose Pink/Red Juice Tumbler Cup - Fiestaware, Made in USA $18.90 18h 13m
Fiesta Ware Homer Laughlin Ball Salt & Pepper Shakers Turquoise and Red Fiesta Ware Homer Laughlin Ball Salt & Pepper Shakers Turquoise and Red 0 $17.50 23h 45m
Vintage Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Red Pitcher with Lid - Rare Vintage Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Red Pitcher with Lid - Rare $77.50 1d 7m
Lot of 2 Maroon Burgundy Fiesta Cereal Bowls Made in USA. Lot of 2 Maroon Burgundy Fiesta Cereal Bowls Made in USA. $19.95 1d 28m
6 Original Fiesta Berry Bowls...Raspberry Red...Pristine. 6 Original Fiesta Berry Bowls...Raspberry Red...Pristine. $41.00 1d 58m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Radio Active Red/Orange MIXING BOWL # 4 Vintage Fiesta Ware Radio Active Red/Orange MIXING BOWL # 4 $49.50 1d 1h 34m
Fiestaware - 14 Pieces Total - Aqua, Red, Navy Blue, Orange Fiestaware - 14 Pieces Total - Aqua, Red, Navy Blue, Orange $75.00 1d 4h 12m
Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red 8.5 Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red 8.5" Rimmed Vegetable Serving Bowl $45.99 1d 4h 59m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Yellow Mixing Bowl #2 W/Bottom Rings 1936-1938 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Yellow Mixing Bowl #2 W/Bottom Rings 1936-1938 1 $30.95 1d 5h 34m
Vintage Fiestaware 7.5 Vintage Fiestaware 7.5" Red or Orange Dessert Plates Set of 4 $17.99 1d 6h 25m
 Fiesta Ware Red Dinner  Plate 10.5  Lead Free Made in USA Fiesta Ware Red Dinner Plate 10.5 Lead Free Made in USA $13.37 1d 6h 41m
6 Vintage Fiesta  Black Red Gold Stripe 6 6 Vintage Fiesta Black Red Gold Stripe 6" Side Plates ART DECO Cottage 0 $19.99 1d 10h 38m
Vintage Fiesta RED  4 Vintage Fiesta RED 4" WATER TUMBLER CUP ~ $29.99 1d 11h 41m
Vintage Fiesta RED 6 Vintage Fiesta RED 6" SAUCER ~ $3.99 1d 11h 42m
HOMER LAUGHLIN GENUINE FIESTAWARE 4 YELLOW RED ROSE & MED GREEN 5 7/8 HOMER LAUGHLIN GENUINE FIESTAWARE 4 YELLOW RED ROSE & MED GREEN 5 7/8" SAUCERS $24.42 1d 13h 58m
FIESTA Vintage NEW Advertising Mug North Penn Goodwill Souderton Ring Handle FIESTA Vintage NEW Advertising Mug North Penn Goodwill Souderton Ring Handle $51.95 1d 14h 54m
Fiesta Pottery Cups & Saucers Bright Scarlett Red Glaze Coffee Tea Set Of Two Fiesta Pottery Cups & Saucers Bright Scarlett Red Glaze Coffee Tea Set Of Two $29.95 1d 22h 19m
Lot of 2 Vintage Fiesta Ware Red(Orange) Bread and Butter Plates 6 3/8 Lot of 2 Vintage Fiesta Ware Red(Orange) Bread and Butter Plates 6 3/8" $16.99 1d 23h 15m
lot of 3 Vintage FIESTA  cup & saucer SETS Original Colors Red Yellow Green lot of 3 Vintage FIESTA cup & saucer SETS Original Colors Red Yellow Green $18.00 1d 23h 22m
Red Fiestaware Mugs - Set of 6 mugs - Hard to find RED Red Fiestaware Mugs - Set of 6 mugs - Hard to find RED 0 $14.99 2d 36m
VINTAGE FIESTA GRAY CUP AND  RED SAUCER    NICE VINTAGE FIESTA GRAY CUP AND RED SAUCER NICE 0 $6.99 2d 1h 1m
Vintage Fiesta Red/Orange Salt Shaker - GDC - HLC  COLLECTIBLE PIECE - CHIP Vintage Fiesta Red/Orange Salt Shaker - GDC - HLC COLLECTIBLE PIECE - CHIP $19.99 2d 1h 29m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) 2 Quart Disc Water Pitcher 221139 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) 2 Quart Disc Water Pitcher 221139 $189.95 2d 2h 58m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Luncheon Plate 221112 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Luncheon Plate 221112 $27.99 2d 3h 5m
Vintage Fiesta Red Demitasse Cup  and Saucer, mint cup Vintage Fiesta Red Demitasse Cup and Saucer, mint cup $33.33 2d 3h 56m
Fiestaware  Scarlet Red Retired Water Pitcher Fiestaware Scarlet Red Retired Water Pitcher $68.00 2d 6h 19m
Vintage FIESTA HLC USA Ware Radioactive Red 10 Vintage FIESTA HLC USA Ware Radioactive Red 10" Carafe Cork Stopper $169.99 2d 6h 42m
*VINTAGE* Fiesta Ware  PLATE (1936-1939) Radioactive Red 12” *VINTAGE* Fiesta Ware PLATE (1936-1939) Radioactive Red 12” 0 $24.99 2d 8h 8m
Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA RADIOACTIVE Lot Lunch-Salad And Bread Plate Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA RADIOACTIVE Lot Lunch-Salad And Bread Plate 0 $39.99 2d 8h 28m
Vintage Fiestaware FIESTA Nesting Mixing Bowl Radioactive Red #5 Vintage Fiestaware FIESTA Nesting Mixing Bowl Radioactive Red #5 $100.00 2d 9h 25m
Vintage Fiesta Red Casserole Lid 8-1/4 inch Fiestaware 50's Vintage Fiesta Red Casserole Lid 8-1/4 inch Fiestaware 50's $45.00 2d 10h 2m
VTG Fiestaware Original Atomic Red Set of 2 Ball Candle Holders Circa '37-42 VTG Fiestaware Original Atomic Red Set of 2 Ball Candle Holders Circa '37-42 1 $30.00 2d 10h 16m
Vintage fiesta Vintage fiesta 0 $20.00 2d 10h 22m
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, $48.00 2d 10h 26m
Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 9.5 Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 9.5" Plates (x6) Cobalt Yellow Green Turquoise Ivory $48.00 2d 10h 26m
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 $24.00 2d 10h 27m
Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 7.5 Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 7.5" Plates (x5) Cobalt Yellow Chartreuse Turquoise $32.00 2d 10h 27m
Vintage Fiesta Vintage Fiesta 0 $10.00 2d 11h 12m
Vintage FIESTA Vintage FIESTA 0 $15.00 2d 11h 20m
VINTAGE RADIOACTIVE RED FIESTA WARE NESTING BOWL #2 DAMAGED! VINTAGE RADIOACTIVE RED FIESTA WARE NESTING BOWL #2 DAMAGED! 1 $0.99 2d 11h 21m
Vintage Fiesta RED 6 Vintage Fiesta RED 6" SAUCER ~ $5.99 2d 11h 44m
Vintage Fiestaware Lot of 7 Saucers Blue, Ivory, Red, Yellow, Turquoise Vintage Fiestaware Lot of 7 Saucers Blue, Ivory, Red, Yellow, Turquoise 0 $14.99 2d 12h 56m
Vintage Fiestaware Radioative Red Divided Compartment Grill 10 1/2 Vintage Fiestaware Radioative Red Divided Compartment Grill 10 1/2" Plate $35.00 2d 13h 15m
Fiestaware 5 1/4 Fiestaware 5 1/4" Old Red Berry Bowl RETIRED FIESTA HOMER LAUGHLIN $12.00 2d 14h 50m
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 2d 15h 20m
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 2d 15h 47m
Vintage red Fiesta 5 1/2 Vintage red Fiesta 5 1/2" bowl $30.00 2d 17h 1m
Vintage Fiesta Red Kitchen Kraft Large Covered Casserole (1938-1944) Free Ship Vintage Fiesta Red Kitchen Kraft Large Covered Casserole (1938-1944) Free Ship 0 $99.99 3d
4 Vintage Fiestaware Kitchen Kraft  Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow  - Blue 4 Vintage Fiestaware Kitchen Kraft Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow - Blue $265.00 3d 1h 49m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red Bowl 7 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red Bowl 7" Inch 0 $3.99 3d 2h 44m
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 3d 3h
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Dinner Plate 221097 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Dinner Plate 221097 $79.95 3d 3h 3m
Vintage Fiesta Basketweave Nut Cups, Red & Blue Vintage Fiesta Basketweave Nut Cups, Red & Blue $10.00 3d 3h 42m
Vintage Vintage "Radioactive" Red FIESTA SUGAR BOWL Fiestaware No Lid $14.99 3d 3h 47m
Very Rare Vintage Fiesta Red Mixing Bowl Lid #4 And Mixing Bowl Very Rare Vintage Fiesta Red Mixing Bowl Lid #4 And Mixing Bowl 0 $750.00 3d 4h 16m
Fiestaware Vintage  Red Plates 9.5 Fiestaware Vintage Red Plates 9.5" $14.99 3d 5h 23m
HOMER LAUGHLIN VINTAGE FIESTA WARE RED CUP HOMER LAUGHLIN VINTAGE FIESTA WARE RED CUP $18.00 3d 7h 53m
SCARLET FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS -FIESTA WARE EXCELLENT SHAPE SCARLET FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS -FIESTA WARE EXCELLENT SHAPE 0 $5.00 3d 8h 7m
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 3d 8h 36m
Vintage Fiesta 9 1/2'' Fiestaware Dinner Plates Vintage Fiesta 9 1/2'' Fiestaware Dinner Plates $9.99 3d 9h 40m
VINTAGE FIESTA RED 9”PLATE VINTAGE FIESTA RED 9”PLATE 0 $5.00 3d 10h 1m
Vintage Fiesta-Ware  | 13” Charger Plate | Original Radioactive Red | 1936-1943 Vintage Fiesta-Ware | 13” Charger Plate | Original Radioactive Red | 1936-1943 0 $95.00 3d 11h 7m
Vintage Fiesta | Teacup & Saucer | Original Red Glaze | Fiesta-Ware | 1937-1943 Vintage Fiesta | Teacup & Saucer | Original Red Glaze | Fiesta-Ware | 1937-1943 0 $65.00 3d 11h 13m
Vintage Original GENUINE Fiesta Scarlet 2½ Vintage Original GENUINE Fiesta Scarlet 2½" Salt & Pepper Set. H L Co USA $19.99 3d 11h 35m
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 3d 11h 43m
FIESTA WARE - ORIGINAL VINTAGE RED / ORANGE OVAL 12.5 FIESTA WARE - ORIGINAL VINTAGE RED / ORANGE OVAL 12.5" PLATTER - HOMER LAUGHLIN $5.00 3d 12h 13m
VINTAGE FIESTA--ORIGINAL RED & COLBALT-SET OF 4 - 6 VINTAGE FIESTA--ORIGINAL RED & COLBALT-SET OF 4 - 6" SAUCERS $15.00 3d 12h 30m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 8.5 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red 8.5" Nappy Bowl Imprinted Logo $28.99 3d 12h 39m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Orange 5-1/2” Fruit Bowl Fiesta Original Berry Bowl Vintage Fiestaware Red Orange 5-1/2” Fruit Bowl Fiesta Original Berry Bowl 0 $8.70 3d 15h 28m
1940's original authentic Fiesta Odd Orange  Red disk pitcher. 1940's original authentic Fiesta Odd Orange Red disk pitcher. $79.00 3d 23h 29m
VINTAGE FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS - TURQOUIS & RED SET, small bulb style VINTAGE FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS - TURQOUIS & RED SET, small bulb style $14.99 3d 23h 44m
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 4d 3h 9m
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 4d 3h 16m
VTG Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange Carafe / Pitcher w/ No Lid Genuine Backstamp VTG Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange Carafe / Pitcher w/ No Lid Genuine Backstamp $85.00 4d 4h 5m
VTG Fiesta Ice Lip Pitcher Radioactive Red Orange ~~ NICE VTG Fiesta Ice Lip Pitcher Radioactive Red Orange ~~ NICE $45.00 4d 4h 19m
VTG Fiesta Nappy Serving Bowl 8.5 VTG Fiesta Nappy Serving Bowl 8.5" in Radioactive Red Orange ~~ NICE $35.00 4d 4h 25m
Fiestaware Carafe in Red - Vintage Fiestaware Carafe in Red - Vintage $260.00 4d 4h 34m
vintage fiesta 5 1/2 inch bowls in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise vintage fiesta 5 1/2 inch bowls in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise 0 $75.99 4d 4h 40m
vintage fiesta 4 3/4 inch bowls in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise vintage fiesta 4 3/4 inch bowls in red,yellow,green,cobalt,ivory,turquoise 0 $75.99 4d 4h 41m
VTG Fiesta Disc Water Jug Pitcher in Radioactive Red Orange w/ Glaze Miss ~~NICE VTG Fiesta Disc Water Jug Pitcher in Radioactive Red Orange w/ Glaze Miss ~~NICE $115.00 4d 4h 58m
Vintage Fiesta Mixing Bowl #5 in Radioactive Red Orange ~~ No Rings ~ Gorgeous! Vintage Fiesta Mixing Bowl #5 in Radioactive Red Orange ~~ No Rings ~ Gorgeous! $85.00 4d 5h 9m

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