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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 ~ Homer Laughlin ~ Fiesta ~ Red Mustard Jar With Lid & Shaker Vintage ~ Homer Laughlin ~ Fiesta ~ Red Mustard Jar With Lid & Shaker 0 $100.00 36m
Vintage Vintage "Radioactive" Harlequin Red/Orange Fiesta Ball Pitcher, Homer Laughlin $34.99 6h 28m
Fiesta Red Orange 11 1/2 Inch Grill Plate Rare!! Fiesta Red Orange 11 1/2 Inch Grill Plate Rare!! $29.99 10h 3m
Vintage Red Orange Oval Bowl Unmarked Harlequin Fiesta Style 10 Vintage Red Orange Oval Bowl Unmarked Harlequin Fiesta Style 10" $24.95 10h 34m
VINTAGE FIESTA IRONSTONE MANGO RED TEA CUP - FIESTAWARE           -   h11 VINTAGE FIESTA IRONSTONE MANGO RED TEA CUP - FIESTAWARE - h11 0 $25.00 11h 43m
VINTAGE VINTAGE "RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA 10" FLOWER VASE - MINT !!! -FIESTAWARE 0 $850.00 11h 44m
VTG Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange Carafe / Pitcher w/ No Lid Genuine Backstamp VTG Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange Carafe / Pitcher w/ No Lid Genuine Backstamp $83.00 13h 42m
Vintage Individual Yellow Covered Sugar Red Creamer & Cobalt Tray Free Shipping Vintage Individual Yellow Covered Sugar Red Creamer & Cobalt Tray Free Shipping $615.00 14h 4m
Vintage Fiesta Carafe in Red Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta Carafe in Red Fiestaware $350.00 14h 11m
Art Deco Fiestaware 1930's Original Shakers in Red & Cobalt Blue Art Deco Fiestaware 1930's Original Shakers in Red & Cobalt Blue $35.00 14h 22m
4 Vintage Fiestaware Fiesta 6 4 Vintage Fiestaware Fiesta 6" Saucer Plates Purple Green Pink Cobalt Blue Red $21.46 14h 48m
2 Vintage FIESTA  dinner plates 10.5 2 Vintage FIESTA dinner plates 10.5 " Original Red & Yellow Homer Laughlin lot $25.00 15h 2m
Vtg FIESTA Ware Mid Century Modern  Atoic Red  ASHTRAY Homer Laughlin USA Vtg FIESTA Ware Mid Century Modern Atoic Red ASHTRAY Homer Laughlin USA $79.99 15h 25m
lot of 2  Vintage Homer Laughlin  FIESTA   plates 9.5 inch Original Red 1930s lot of 2 Vintage Homer Laughlin FIESTA plates 9.5 inch Original Red 1930s $18.00 16h 33m
Authentic Vintage Homer Laughlin Red Fiesta 12 Inch Chop Plate Authentic Vintage Homer Laughlin Red Fiesta 12 Inch Chop Plate $65.00 16h 57m
Fiestaware Mugs - Set of 6 Red mugs - Hard to find RED Fiestaware Mugs - Set of 6 Red mugs - Hard to find RED 0 $14.99 17h 23m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA SAUCE / GRAVY BOAT -FIESTAWARE - Jh5 $42.75 17h 45m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA COFFEE SERVER & LID -FIESTAWARE - Jh5 $112.10 17h 47m
Extremely Rare Vintage Fiestaware Mixing Bowl Set in Radioactive Red Extremely Rare Vintage Fiestaware Mixing Bowl Set in Radioactive Red $299.00 18h 11m
"RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS- FIESTAWARE -Jh5 $27.00 18h 13m
HLC Ceramic Fiestaware Red Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Maker Mark Set of 2. HLC Ceramic Fiestaware Red Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Maker Mark Set of 2. $8.00 18h 15m
Extremely Rare Vintage Fiestaware Sugar/Creamer Set in Radioactive Red Extremely Rare Vintage Fiestaware Sugar/Creamer Set in Radioactive Red $95.00 18h 21m
Vintage Harlequin Red Ball Jug Water Jug HLC Vintage Harlequin Red Ball Jug Water Jug HLC $40.50 18h 50m
Vintage Radioactive Red Creamer Sugar and Underplate Tray Vintage Radioactive Red Creamer Sugar and Underplate Tray $199.99 19h 46m
Vintage Harlequin Red Ball Jug Water Jug HLC Vintage Harlequin Red Ball Jug Water Jug HLC $36.00 20h 6m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Orange Carafe with Lid Fiesta Water Jug 1930s Vintage Fiestaware Red Orange Carafe with Lid Fiesta Water Jug 1930s $140.00 1d
Lot 4 Vintage Fiestaware Luncheon Plates Cobalt Red Yellow Med Green 9.5 Lot 4 Vintage Fiestaware Luncheon Plates Cobalt Red Yellow Med Green 9.5" $32.50 1d 44m
5 Piece Fiesta Homer Laughlin 6 5 Piece Fiesta Homer Laughlin 6" Fruit Bowls With Scarce Red $425.00 1d 2h 19m
Vintage Fiestaware Original Blue Sugar Bowl, Creamer & Tray Set 1936 Vintage Fiestaware Original Blue Sugar Bowl, Creamer & Tray Set 1936 $119.20 1d 3h 3m
VINTAGE FIESTA ORIGINAL RED DESSERT BOWL; CIRCA 1936-43 VINTAGE FIESTA ORIGINAL RED DESSERT BOWL; CIRCA 1936-43 $30.00 1d 11h 46m
Red Round Fiesta Pitcher HL USA Red Round Fiesta Pitcher HL USA $17.95 1d 14h 36m
HOMER LAUGHLIN VINTAGE FIESTA WARE RED CUP HOMER LAUGHLIN VINTAGE FIESTA WARE RED CUP $15.00 1d 14h 39m
Set of 6  Fiesta Fiestaware Coupe Soup Bowl 7” RED/ORANGE Paprika Homer Laughlin Set of 6 Fiesta Fiestaware Coupe Soup Bowl 7” RED/ORANGE Paprika Homer Laughlin $30.00 1d 14h 40m
6 Original Fiesta Berry Bowls...Raspberry Red...Pristine. 6 Original Fiesta Berry Bowls...Raspberry Red...Pristine. $35.75 1d 15h 49m
Vintage fiesta Ware-Homer Laughlin Red-28 pcs inc.Comport & Disk Water Pitcher Vintage fiesta Ware-Homer Laughlin Red-28 pcs inc.Comport & Disk Water Pitcher $949.94 1d 16h 24m
Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Radioactive Red Carafe with Lid Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Radioactive Red Carafe with Lid $224.99 1d 16h 44m
Fiestaware Vintage Mugs Red 2 Fiestaware Vintage Mugs Red 2 $14.00 1d 17h 24m
Vintage Fiesta Ironstone Teacup Tea Cup Mango Red Ring Handle Vintage Fiesta Ironstone Teacup Tea Cup Mango Red Ring Handle $5.60 1d 18h 7m
Fiesta HLC USA Bowl Red Fiesta HLC USA Bowl Red 0 $9.99 1d 19h 3m
Vintage Fiesta Red & Turquoise Relish Tray Vintage Fiesta Red & Turquoise Relish Tray 0 $175.00 1d 20h 27m
Fiesta ware Scarlet Ring Handle Coffee Mug Fiesta Red Tom and Jerry Mug Fiesta ware Scarlet Ring Handle Coffee Mug Fiesta Red Tom and Jerry Mug $12.99 1d 20h 37m
Vintage Fiesta Salt Pepper Shaker  Red/Orange & Blue + Red Creamer +bonus Shaker Vintage Fiesta Salt Pepper Shaker Red/Orange & Blue + Red Creamer +bonus Shaker 0 $9.70 1d 20h 50m
2 PERFECT Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Radio Active RED (orange)  2  Teacup Cup (s) 2 PERFECT Vintage Fiesta Fiestaware Radio Active RED (orange) 2 Teacup Cup (s) $18.88 1d 21h 17m
VINTAGE FIESTA RED 9”PLATE VINTAGE FIESTA RED 9”PLATE 0 $5.00 1d 21h 23m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta 6 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta 6" Bowls - One Red one Gray $55.00 1d 21h 32m
Old Vtg 1939 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE EL PATIO SAUCER PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING Old Vtg 1939 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE EL PATIO SAUCER PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING $16.99 1d 22h 58m
Fiestaware Vintage Red Shaker Chips Cork Bottom Fiestaware Vintage Red Shaker Chips Cork Bottom $17.99 1d 23h 7m
VINTAGE RED ORANGE FIESTA POPCORN BOWL HOMER LAUGHLIN HLC FIESTAWARE GO ALONGS VINTAGE RED ORANGE FIESTA POPCORN BOWL HOMER LAUGHLIN HLC FIESTAWARE GO ALONGS $20.39 1d 23h 15m
Original FIESTA Red Fiestaware Nested Mixing Bowl #3 Inner Center Rings Original FIESTA Red Fiestaware Nested Mixing Bowl #3 Inner Center Rings $46.89 1d 23h 19m
Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA  8 3/8 Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA 8 3/8" NAPPY BOWL FIESTAWARE 0 $35.00 1d 23h 21m
 4 Fiesta 16oz Tall Tumbler Ice Tea Glasses Stripes Red Yellow Green blue set 4 Fiesta 16oz Tall Tumbler Ice Tea Glasses Stripes Red Yellow Green blue set $46.99 1d 23h 46m
2 x Fiesta Vintage Red/Orange and Yellow Dinner Plates 9-1/2 2 x Fiesta Vintage Red/Orange and Yellow Dinner Plates 9-1/2" Homer Laughlin $25.00 2d 36m
7 FIESTA Homer Laughlin Cups Saucer Sets Navy Blue Purple Red Orange Salmon Aqua 7 FIESTA Homer Laughlin Cups Saucer Sets Navy Blue Purple Red Orange Salmon Aqua $56.00 2d 44m
Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE GLAZE FIESTA SALAD PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE GLAZE FIESTA SALAD PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING $21.23 2d 2h 32m
Vintage FiestaWare | 13” Charger | Original Radioactive Red | 1936-1943 | Fiesta Vintage FiestaWare | 13” Charger | Original Radioactive Red | 1936-1943 | Fiesta 0 $92.50 2d 4h 3m
Vintage Fiesta | Teacup & Saucer | Original Red Glaze | FiestaWare | 1937-1943 Vintage Fiesta | Teacup & Saucer | Original Red Glaze | FiestaWare | 1937-1943 0 $61.40 2d 4h 5m
Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE GLAZE FIESTA UTILITY TRAY GEIGER COUNTER READING Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE GLAZE FIESTA UTILITY TRAY GEIGER COUNTER READING $29.74 2d 4h 31m
Old 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE GLAZE FIESTA SALAD PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING Old 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE GLAZE FIESTA SALAD PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING $16.99 2d 4h 51m
Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE FIESTA LUNCHEON PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE FIESTA LUNCHEON PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING $25.49 2d 5h 3m
Old Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE FIESTA LUNCHEON PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING Old Vtg 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE FIESTA LUNCHEON PLATE GEIGER COUNTER READING $25.48 2d 5h 30m
Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE FIESTA SALT OR PEPPER GEIGER COUNTER READING Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE RADIOACTIVE FIESTA SALT OR PEPPER GEIGER COUNTER READING $16.99 2d 5h 50m
 Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA RADIOACTIVE GLAZE 12.5'' PLATTER 50% OFF Vintage 1936 RED ORANGE FIESTA RADIOACTIVE GLAZE 12.5'' PLATTER 50% OFF $25.00 2d 11h 2m
Vintage FIESTA WARE Red Orange DEMITASSE STICK Handle Cup And Saucer Set Vintage FIESTA WARE Red Orange DEMITASSE STICK Handle Cup And Saucer Set 1 $24.95 2d 11h 30m
3 Vintage Fiestaware Teacups 2 Cobalt Blue 1 Red with Ring Handles 3 Vintage Fiestaware Teacups 2 Cobalt Blue 1 Red with Ring Handles $18.50 2d 12h 40m
5 - 1950's  FIESTA  DEEP PLATES  FIESTAWARE      -           V22 5 - 1950's FIESTA DEEP PLATES FIESTAWARE - V22 $166.75 2d 13h 57m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Salt & Pepper 221117 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Salt & Pepper 221117 $39.99 2d 14h 22m
Vintage Fiesta 9-1/2” Luncheon Plate -Red! Vintage Fiesta 9-1/2” Luncheon Plate -Red! $9.00 2d 14h 48m
VINTAGE FIESTA GRAY CUP AND  RED SAUCER    NICE VINTAGE FIESTA GRAY CUP AND RED SAUCER NICE 0 $6.99 2d 15h 47m
fiesta harlequin Vintage Cinnabar Maroon Salt And Pepper Shakers fiesta harlequin Vintage Cinnabar Maroon Salt And Pepper Shakers $10.00 2d 19h 43m
VINTAGE FIESTA CREAM SOUP BOWL - RED VINTAGE FIESTA CREAM SOUP BOWL - RED 0 $38.00 2d 19h 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 20h 3m
VINTAGE FIESTA 5 1/2 VINTAGE FIESTA 5 1/2" FRUIT BOWL - RED 0 $25.00 2d 20h 9m
VINTAGE FIESTA UTILITY TRAY - RED VINTAGE FIESTA UTILITY TRAY - RED 0 $25.00 2d 20h 36m
Vintage Fiesta Radiation Red 1930's Saucer Vintage Fiesta Radiation Red 1930's Saucer $8.99 2d 21h 17m
1930's Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Homer Laughlin Mixing Bowl Set - 5 Pieces 1930's Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Homer Laughlin Mixing Bowl Set - 5 Pieces $675.00 2d 21h 35m
early Red 7-3/8 early Red 7-3/8" Fiesta SALAD Plate. vintage Fiestaware Good to very good 0 $8.00 2d 21h 36m
vintage fiesta red number 5 mixing bowl vintage fiesta red number 5 mixing bowl 0 $49.99 2d 21h 38m
VINTAGE 1930S HOMER LAUGHLIN ~ FIESTA ORIGINAL RED ASHTRAY VINTAGE 1930S HOMER LAUGHLIN ~ FIESTA ORIGINAL RED ASHTRAY $64.99 2d 22h 3m
Vtg Fiesta 12 Vtg Fiesta 12" Footed Comport Original Radioactive Red Glaze Fiestaware Orange $299.95 2d 23h 27m
Vintage Fiesta Red Utility Plate Vintage Fiesta Red Utility Plate 0 $14.99 2d 23h 41m
Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4" Saucers ~ Red Ivory Yellow Green Turquoise Blue ~UNMARKED 0 $9.99 2d 23h 44m
2 Homer Laughlin HARLEQUIN RED & YELLOW 36s DEEP BOWLS 2 Homer Laughlin HARLEQUIN RED & YELLOW 36s DEEP BOWLS 0 $29.99 3d
Vintage Fiesta Teacups & Saucers ~ Red, Yellow, Medium Green &  Turquoise  ~ Vintage Fiesta Teacups & Saucers ~ Red, Yellow, Medium Green & Turquoise ~ 0 $29.99 3d 10m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin RED 8 3/4 Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin RED 8 3/4" Serving Bowl Fiesta ~ 0 $13.99 3d 15m
Homer Laughlin - Fiesta - Harlequin - Riviera Homer Laughlin - Fiesta - Harlequin - Riviera $19.99 3d 17m
Homer Laughlin - Fiesta - Harlequin - Riviera Homer Laughlin - Fiesta - Harlequin - Riviera $12.99 3d 17m
Vintage Fiesta RED 10 1/4 Vintage Fiesta RED 10 1/4" Dinner Plate ~ 0 $9.99 3d 18m
Vintage Fiesta RED TEA CUP +  SAUCER  ~ Vintage Fiesta RED TEA CUP + SAUCER ~ 0 $14.99 3d 22m
Vintage Fiesta RED 5 1/2 Vintage Fiesta RED 5 1/2" BOWL ~ 0 $14.99 3d 31m
Vintage Salt & Pepper Shakers ~ RED IVORY YELLOW GREEN BLUE ~ Set of 5 Singles ~ Vintage Salt & Pepper Shakers ~ RED IVORY YELLOW GREEN BLUE ~ Set of 5 Singles ~ 0 $34.99 3d 34m
Vintage Fiesta 5 1/2 Vintage Fiesta 5 1/2" Bowls ~ RED YELLOW TURQUOISE COBALT BLUE ~ 0 $9.99 3d 35m
Vintage Fiesta Red Utility Tray ~ Vintage Fiesta Red Utility Tray ~ 0 $19.99 3d 35m
Vintage Fiesta RED  4 Vintage Fiesta RED 4" WATER TUMBLER CUP ~ 0 $24.99 3d 35m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Riviera RED Serving Bowl Fiesta ~ 7 1/4 Vintage Homer Laughlin Riviera RED Serving Bowl Fiesta ~ 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" ~ 0 $16.99 3d 36m
Vintage Fiesta RED Carafe Jug ~ Vintage Fiesta RED Carafe Jug ~ 0 $39.99 3d 38m
Vintage HLC Riviera Bread /Dessert Plates Radioactive Red Yellow Green Vintage HLC Riviera Bread /Dessert Plates Radioactive Red Yellow Green $25.00 3d 41m
Vintage Fiesta RED RELISH TRAY w/ INSERTS ~ 6 COLORS ~ Vintage Fiesta RED RELISH TRAY w/ INSERTS ~ 6 COLORS ~ 0 $225.00 3d 45m
Vintage Fiestaware, 12 1/4” Chop Plate, Round Serving Platter Fiesta Uranium Red Vintage Fiestaware, 12 1/4” Chop Plate, Round Serving Platter Fiesta Uranium Red 0 $10.00 3d 52m
VINTAGE FIESTAWARE Saucers - RED VINTAGE FIESTAWARE Saucers - RED $18.00 3d 56m
Vintage Fiesta RED DEMITASSE Stick Coffee Pot w/ Lid ~ Vintage Fiesta RED DEMITASSE Stick Coffee Pot w/ Lid ~ $175.00 3d 59m

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