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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.

"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA CREAMER - FIESTAWARE - V22 $25.00 4h 8m
Vintage Fiestaware Individual Salad Bowl With Inside Rings Radioactive Red Vintage Fiestaware Individual Salad Bowl With Inside Rings Radioactive Red $30.00 4h 41m
4  Vintage Fiesta  - Kitchen Kraft  Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow  - Cobalt 4 Vintage Fiesta - Kitchen Kraft Cake Plates - Red - Green - Yellow - Cobalt $249.00 4h 58m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Round Chop Plate 11 3/4 Serving Platter Charger Plate Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Round Chop Plate 11 3/4 Serving Platter Charger Plate 0 $10.00 5h 58m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Fiestaware Orange Red Single Pedestal Egg Cup Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Fiestaware Orange Red Single Pedestal Egg Cup 0 $49.99 6h 3m
EUC VINTAGE RADIOACTIVE RED FIESTA CUP & SAUCER - SHELF DISPLAY EUC VINTAGE RADIOACTIVE RED FIESTA CUP & SAUCER - SHELF DISPLAY 2 $9.50 6h 20m
Vintage Fiesta Red Demitasse Cup  and Saucer, mint cup Vintage Fiesta Red Demitasse Cup and Saucer, mint cup $33.33 7h 6m
VINTAGE FIESTA 13 VINTAGE FIESTA 13" RED CHOP PLATE $65.00 8h 2m
Set of 4 - Fiestaware Cinnabar Coffee Cup & Saucer - Burgundy - Homer Laughlin Set of 4 - Fiestaware Cinnabar Coffee Cup & Saucer - Burgundy - Homer Laughlin $34.99 8h 9m
vintage fiestaware red 91/2 vintage fiestaware red 91/2" luncheon plate original but no backstamp 0 $7.99 9h 7m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older bread dessert plate HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older bread dessert plate $18.36 9h 22m
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 9h 40m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older demitasse saucer NO stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older demitasse saucer NO stamp $17.56 9h 41m
VINTAGE FIESTA RED 7 1/4 VINTAGE FIESTA RED 7 1/4" SANDWICH, SALAD PLATE -- EXCELLENT 0 $7.99 9h 44m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate NO stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate NO stamp $31.96 10h 1m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate with  stamp HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older dinner plate with stamp $39.96 10h 3m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older chop NO stamp 12 HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older chop NO stamp 12" $39.96 10h 8m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older Ice Lip Pitcher HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage red older Ice Lip Pitcher $135.96 10h 27m
3 Vintage Fiestaware Homer Laughlin 7 3 Vintage Fiestaware Homer Laughlin 7" Cereal Pasta Bowls Red, Orange and Green $17.99 10h 31m
Fiesta Vintage Stick Handle Creamer Original Red Fiestaware Fiesta Vintage Stick Handle Creamer Original Red Fiestaware $40.00 10h 38m
2 Fiestaware Homer Laughlin 7 2 Fiestaware Homer Laughlin 7" Plates ~ Red and Yellow $6.99 10h 58m
Fiestaware ~ 6 Piece Place Setting ~ Plates, Bowls, Mug ~ Fiestaware ~ 6 Piece Place Setting ~ Plates, Bowls, Mug ~ "SCARLET" $33.99 12h 8m
Fiesta Vintage Radioactive Red 7 5/8 Fiesta Vintage Radioactive Red 7 5/8" Individual Salad Bowl 1936-1969 $72.99 12h 52m
VINTAGE RED WING Gravy Sauce Boat Speckled Yellow Stoneware In Great Condition☆ VINTAGE RED WING Gravy Sauce Boat Speckled Yellow Stoneware In Great Condition☆ 0 $28.00 13h 24m
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 36m
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 36m
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 36m
Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 7.5 Old Fiesta H-L-Co USA 7.5" Plates (x5) Cobalt Yellow Chartreuse Turquoise $40.00 13h 36m
2 VINTAGE FIESTA FIESTAWARE 12 2 VINTAGE FIESTA FIESTAWARE 12" OVAL PLATTERS. RED AND BLUE.Excellent condition 0 $89.00 14h 59m
Vintage Fiesta Red Promotional (Royal Metal) Casserole LID ONLY - Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta Red Promotional (Royal Metal) Casserole LID ONLY - Fiestaware $43.50 15h 7m
Vintage - Fiesta Red (Orange) - 6 1/4 Vintage - Fiesta Red (Orange) - 6 1/4" - Fruit Dessert Bowl - Marked Fiesta 0 $24.99 15h 34m
vintage fiesta red mustard/tiny spoon vintage fiesta red mustard/tiny spoon 0 $174.99 15h 59m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red 7” Salad Plate Fiesta Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Red 7” Salad Plate Fiesta $18.99 16h 1m
Fiestaware Green Holly & Red Ribbon 8 1/2 Fiestaware Green Holly & Red Ribbon 8 1/2" Christmas Nappy Bowl 0 $12.50 18h 36m
Rare! Vintage  RED SOAP DISH with Rare! Vintage RED SOAP DISH with "VB" Maker's Mark (Go Along) $13.75 1d 3h 50m
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 1d 5h 11m
Vintage Fiesta Carafe in Red Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta Carafe in Red Fiestaware $350.00 1d 5h 59m
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 1d 6h 41m
Fiestaware Scarlet Small Canister with Lid - Fiesta HLC Red Kitchen Crock 8 1/2 Fiestaware Scarlet Small Canister with Lid - Fiesta HLC Red Kitchen Crock 8 1/2" $38.41 1d 6h 50m
Vintage Vintage "Radioactive" Red FIESTA SUGAR BOWL Fiestaware No Lid $14.99 1d 6h 56m
Vintage 1930's FIESTA WARE Kitchen Kraft Green Fork & Red Orange Spoon Salad Set Vintage 1930's FIESTA WARE Kitchen Kraft Green Fork & Red Orange Spoon Salad Set $92.00 1d 9h 7m
WATER PITCHER FIESTAWARE FIESTA WATER PITCHER FIESTAWARE FIESTA $50.00 1d 9h 39m
Lot of 4 Fiesta Vintage 6 Lot of 4 Fiesta Vintage 6" B&B Plates - Green, Red, Yellow & Turquoise $22.50 1d 10h 59m
FIESTA Vintage Radioactive Red Salad Bowl  Very Early Piece FIESTA Vintage Radioactive Red Salad Bowl  Very Early Piece 0 $15.00 1d 11h 31m
1940's original authentic Fiesta Red disk pitcher. 1940's original authentic Fiesta Red disk pitcher. $200.00 1d 12h 59m
Vintage Fiesta Tea Cups Coffee Burgundy Maroon Cranberry Set of 2 Vintage Fiesta Tea Cups Coffee Burgundy Maroon Cranberry Set of 2 $7.99 1d 13h 13m
Lot of 12 Vintage Fiesta Fruit Bowls red yellow ivory green cobalt turquoise Lot of 12 Vintage Fiesta Fruit Bowls red yellow ivory green cobalt turquoise 2 $28.00 1d 13h 25m
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 $80.00 1d 15h
 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4" Saucers ~ Red Ivory Yellow Green Turquoise Cobalt Blue ~ 0 $12.99 1d 15h 35m
VINTAGE FIESTA--ORIGINAL RED & COLBALT-SET OF 4 - 6 VINTAGE FIESTA--ORIGINAL RED & COLBALT-SET OF 4 - 6" SAUCERS $15.00 1d 15h 40m
Flawed Vintage pre-WWII Fiestaware - radioactive Red Orange teapot and more Flawed Vintage pre-WWII Fiestaware - radioactive Red Orange teapot and more 0 $5.00 1d 15h 49m
Vintage pre-WWII Radioactive Fiestaware Round Plate 14.25 “ Red Orange Vintage pre-WWII Radioactive Fiestaware Round Plate 14.25 “ Red Orange 0 $18.00 1d 15h 50m
4 Vintage pre-WWII Fiestaware dinner plates – Red Orange (radioactive) others 4 Vintage pre-WWII Fiestaware dinner plates – Red Orange (radioactive) others 0 $28.00 1d 15h 50m
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 $30.00 1d 15h 59m
Fiestaware, Vintage, 12 Fiestaware, Vintage, 12" Compartment Plate, Divided, Grill, Fiesta, Red, orange $62.09 1d 17h 18m
FIESTA WARE  Cup and  2 Saucers Burgundy FIESTA WARE Cup and 2 Saucers Burgundy $11.88 1d 17h 22m
HOMER LAUGHLIN Fiesta Vintage RED Salad Plate - 7-1/2 HOMER LAUGHLIN Fiesta Vintage RED Salad Plate - 7-1/2" $16.72 1d 17h 22m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Nesting Mixing Bowl #5 Red Vintage Fiesta Ware Nesting Mixing Bowl #5 Red $400.00 1d 18h 14m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Footed Salad / Punch Bowl Homer Laughlin Vintage Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Footed Salad / Punch Bowl Homer Laughlin $300.00 1d 19h 34m
Retired Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Scarlet Casserole Homer Laughlin Mint Veggie Retired Fiesta Ware Fiestaware Red Scarlet Casserole Homer Laughlin Mint Veggie $75.00 1d 20h 20m
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 53m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Fiesta Red Marmalade Jar Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Fiesta Red Marmalade Jar $55.00 2d 3h 5m
Vintage Red Fiesta # 2 Mixing Bowl Vintage Red Fiesta # 2 Mixing Bowl $79.00 2d 3h 46m
Vintage Fiesta Red Cream Soup 1950’s Vintage Fiesta Red Cream Soup 1950’s $25.00 2d 5h 28m
Vintage Fiesta Egg Cup Vintage Fiesta Egg Cup 0 $75.00 2d 6h 26m
3 Pieces Rare Vintage 1950'sRadio Active Red Fiestaware 1 Dinner Pates, 2 Cups 3 Pieces Rare Vintage 1950'sRadio Active Red Fiestaware 1 Dinner Pates, 2 Cups $70.00 2d 6h 26m
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 13m
Fiesta red burgundy maroon coffee tea cup by homer laughlin Fiestaware HLC USA Fiesta red burgundy maroon coffee tea cup by homer laughlin Fiestaware HLC USA $14.98 2d 8h 42m
Vintage FiestaWare Red/Orange Large Disc Water Pitcher Vintage FiestaWare Red/Orange Large Disc Water Pitcher $75.00 2d 9h 17m
Vintage Fiesta RETIRED Radioactive Red 8 1/4” Medium Serving Bowl! Vintage Fiesta RETIRED Radioactive Red 8 1/4” Medium Serving Bowl! 0 $14.99 2d 9h 22m
Vintage Fiesta  7 pc Red Lot of Fiesta Vintage Fiesta  7 pc Red Lot of Fiesta $89.00 2d 9h 44m
Fiesta tray and creamer dark red Fiesta tray and creamer dark red 0 $15.00 2d 10h 8m
Vintage Fiesta / Fiestaware Large Teapot Radioactive Red LID ONLY Vintage Fiesta / Fiestaware Large Teapot Radioactive Red LID ONLY $44.99 2d 10h 57m
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 2d 11h 59m
antique fiesta rich red glaze carafe with finial and cork stopper antique fiesta rich red glaze carafe with finial and cork stopper $325.00 2d 14h 27m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Plate Vintage Fiesta Vintage Fiestaware Red Plate Vintage Fiesta 0 $10.00 2d 15h 3m
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 36m
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 36m
Bread & Butter  Plate Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN Bread & Butter Plate Fiesta Red (Older) by HOMER LAUGHLIN $9.95 2d 16h 36m
RARE!! Vintage Fiestaware Radioactive Red Cream Soup Bowl Homer Laughlin Nice! RARE!! Vintage Fiestaware Radioactive Red Cream Soup Bowl Homer Laughlin Nice! 0 $45.00 2d 17h 15m
Fiestaware Red 6 1/2 Fruit Bowls Four (4) Fiestaware Red 6 1/2 Fruit Bowls Four (4) 0 $4.70 2d 17h 27m
Fiesta FiestaWare Homer Laughlin HLCo Vintage Red Gravy Boat & Red Oval Platter Fiesta FiestaWare Homer Laughlin HLCo Vintage Red Gravy Boat & Red Oval Platter 0 $35.00 2d 20h 30m
Fiesta Disc large water pitcher Fiestaware Cinnabar burgundy maroon retired Fiesta Disc large water pitcher Fiestaware Cinnabar burgundy maroon retired $29.50 2d 21h 59m
FIESTA RED* 8 FIESTA RED* 8" ROUND LID* FOR PROMOTIONAL CASSEROLE* Recessed Knob* $45.00 3d 2h 36m
Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Red #3 mixing bowl / nesting bowl Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Red #3 mixing bowl / nesting bowl $39.99 3d 2h 50m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage Original red salt and pepper HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage Original red salt and pepper $31.96 3d 7h 28m
HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage Original red salt or pepper shaker HOMER LAUGHLIN china FIESTA Vintage Original red salt or pepper shaker $17.56 3d 7h 32m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Original Red Cup 1930s 1940s Vintage Fiestaware Red Water Tumbler Fiesta Original Red Cup 1930s 1940s $64.00 3d 8h 5m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Carafe Vintage Fiestaware Red Carafe $185.00 3d 8h 36m
Vintage Harlequin Pottery Maroon Service Water Pitcher, Ball Jug Fiesta Pottery, Vintage Harlequin Pottery Maroon Service Water Pitcher, Ball Jug Fiesta Pottery, $45.00 3d 9h 15m
Vintage Fiesta Homer Laughlin Red #1 Nesting  Bowl Center Rings , Outside Rings Vintage Fiesta Homer Laughlin Red #1 Nesting Bowl Center Rings , Outside Rings $150.00 3d 9h 16m
Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange Gravy Boat Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange Gravy Boat $49.50 3d 9h 28m
Fiesta Vintage Saucer - Red Fiesta Vintage Saucer - Red $5.00 3d 9h 35m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red Ivory Green Bowl Bread Plate Lot Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red Ivory Green Bowl Bread Plate Lot $18.47 3d 12h 16m
4 - Pieces of H.L.C. Red Vintage 70's Fiestaware 2 -B&B's 2 - Restyled Cups 4 - Pieces of H.L.C. Red Vintage 70's Fiestaware 2 -B&B's 2 - Restyled Cups $14.95 3d 13h 32m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Chop Plate Fiesta 13 inch Charger Plate Original Red Vintage Fiestaware Red Chop Plate Fiesta 13 inch Charger Plate Original Red 0 $100.00 3d 13h 39m
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 14m
Vintage Fiestaware Cream Soup Bowl Fiesta Original Handled Footed Bowl Gold Vintage Fiestaware Cream Soup Bowl Fiesta Original Handled Footed Bowl Gold $49.99 3d 14h 46m
Vintage Fiestaware Teacups Vintage Fiestaware Teacups $3.00 3d 17h 48m
Vintage Fiestaware 7-3/8 Vintage Fiestaware 7-3/8" Salad Plates $5.00 3d 18h 13m

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