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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.

Homer Laughlin, Fiesta, Harlequin, Vintage, Tumbler, Fiestaware, Red, Nice Homer Laughlin, Fiesta, Harlequin, Vintage, Tumbler, Fiestaware, Red, Nice $34.19 1h 11m
Cutting Board, Glass, Red Truck, Fall, Autumn Harvest, Pumpkin, New in Box Cutting Board, Glass, Red Truck, Fall, Autumn Harvest, Pumpkin, New in Box $21.59 1h 11m
Fiesta, Vintage, 9 inch Lunch Plate, Fiestaware, Red Fiesta, Vintage, 9 inch Lunch Plate, Fiestaware, Red $14.39 1h 57m
2 HLC Fiestaware Red Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Maker Mark 2 HLC Fiestaware Red Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Maker Mark $29.95 3h 12m
Vintage Fiesta Red Casserole Lid 8-1/4 inch ,FIESTA COVER ONLY Vintage Fiesta Red Casserole Lid 8-1/4 inch ,FIESTA COVER ONLY $47.50 6h 44m
Vintage Fiesta USA Cups And Saucers Lot Of 5 Colorful Blue Red Pink Green Yellow Vintage Fiesta USA Cups And Saucers Lot Of 5 Colorful Blue Red Pink Green Yellow $29.99 6h 51m
Vintage Fiesta Red Medium Teapot Vintage Fiesta Red Medium Teapot $35.00 7h 15m
5 Vintage 6.25 5 Vintage 6.25" Bread & Butter Plates 3 Orange (Red) 1 Yellow 1 Blue Type 1 Mark 0 $19.99 7h 32m
Set of 2 Vintage FiestaWare RadioActive Red/Orange + Cobalt Blue TeaCup Set of 2 Vintage FiestaWare RadioActive Red/Orange + Cobalt Blue TeaCup 0 $22.50 9h 10m
Vintage Fiesta Ware #2 Red Mixing Bowl Vintage Fiesta Ware #2 Red Mixing Bowl 11 $25.00 9h 50m
Vintage Fiesta Ware #6 Yellow Mixing Bowl Vintage Fiesta Ware #6 Yellow Mixing Bowl 0 $10.90 10h
Fiesta Vintage Red Ice Lip Water Pitcher Fiestaware App7” tall x 7” across top Fiesta Vintage Red Ice Lip Water Pitcher Fiestaware App7” tall x 7” across top $99.99 10h 43m
Vintage Fiesta Marmalade Jar Super Rare Radioactive Red- small chips- Look Vintage Fiesta Marmalade Jar Super Rare Radioactive Red- small chips- Look $299.99 10h 44m
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 $23.99 10h 47m
OLD Vintage 1969 MANGO RED 5 OLD Vintage 1969 MANGO RED 5" FIESTA SAUCE FRUIT BOWL HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTAWARE $23.99 10h 53m
Old Vintage 1969 MANGO RED 7 Old Vintage 1969 MANGO RED 7" FIESTA SALAD PLATE HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTAWARE HLC $23.99 10h 53m
Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4 Vintage Fiesta 6 1/4" Saucers ~ Red Ivory Yellow Green Turquoise Blue ~ Set of 6 0 $9.99 11h 16m
4 VINTAGE FIESTA 7 4 VINTAGE FIESTA 7" BOWLS, TURQUOISE 1 $35.00 11h 47m
Fiestaware Red Picher very nice Fiestaware Red Picher very nice $11.99 21h 56m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA TEAL/COBALT BLUE Pepper Shakers Homer Laughlin FIESTA TEAL/COBALT BLUE Pepper Shakers $15.00 1d 2h 23m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Open Sauce Boat 2001594 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Open Sauce Boat 2001594 $45.99 1d 5h 21m
Vintage Homer Laughlin FIESTA  Red Orange 9 1/2 Inch Lunch / Dinner Plate Vintage Homer Laughlin FIESTA Red Orange 9 1/2 Inch Lunch / Dinner Plate $29.99 1d 5h 52m
Fiesta Plates, Orange Or Red, 2 Plates, 6.25 Fiesta Plates, Orange Or Red, 2 Plates, 6.25" Across, Vintage $22.99 1d 6h 17m
w Vtg Original FIESTA RED 2 PINT PITCHER fiesta HLC USA 1 Quart Open Pitcher w Vtg Original FIESTA RED 2 PINT PITCHER fiesta HLC USA 1 Quart Open Pitcher 4 $31.00 1d 7h 33m
w Lot 5 Vtg 12 w Lot 5 Vtg 12" FIESTA POTTERY CHOP PLATES Dbl Foot Ring Yellow+RED Green Blue 3 $11.50 1d 8h 31m
HLC Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Coffee / Tea Cups 2-Turquoise 1-Red Signed HLC Fiesta Fiestaware Vintage Coffee / Tea Cups 2-Turquoise 1-Red Signed 0 $11.99 1d 8h 58m
4 Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange & Blue Shaker Shakers 4 Homer Laughlin Fiesta Red / Orange & Blue Shaker Shakers $41.25 1d 10h 7m
Vintage Fiesta ware Original Radioactive Red 15 Vintage Fiesta ware Original Radioactive Red 15" Chop Plate $65.00 1d 10h 10m
Vintage Fiesta Red Nappy 8 1/2 inch Vintage Fiesta Red Nappy 8 1/2 inch $34.99 1d 10h 24m
Vintage Fiesta Red B/B Plate Vintage Fiesta Red B/B Plate $11.99 1d 10h 24m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Red Casserole Covered Vegetable Dish Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Red Casserole Covered Vegetable Dish $39.99 1d 11h 4m
Vintage Original Fiestaware Yellow Salt And Pepper Shakers -  Excellent Vintage Original Fiestaware Yellow Salt And Pepper Shakers - Excellent $17.00 1d 11h 33m
vintage fiestaware Radioactive Red  covered Jug- 20” Kitchen Kraft vintage fiestaware Radioactive Red covered Jug- 20” Kitchen Kraft $199.99 1d 11h 45m
Vintage FIESTA Ware? Salt and Pepper Shaker Red and Green- Nice Vintage FIESTA Ware? Salt and Pepper Shaker Red and Green- Nice $29.99 1d 11h 46m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Ashtray Red Fiesta - marked Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Ashtray Red Fiesta - marked $69.99 1d 11h 47m
VINTAGE FIESTA GRAVY BOAT, COBALT VINTAGE FIESTA GRAVY BOAT, COBALT 0 $17.00 1d 11h 47m
Vintage Fiesta | Homar Laughlin | Cream & Sugar Set | Yellow & Red Fiestaware Vintage Fiesta | Homar Laughlin | Cream & Sugar Set | Yellow & Red Fiestaware 0 $134.00 1d 12h 29m
Fiesta ware fiestaware 7 Fiesta ware fiestaware 7" burgundy saucer plate $12.99 1d 13h 11m
Fiesta ware fiestaware 7 Fiesta ware fiestaware 7" burgundy bowl $15.99 1d 13h 12m
Fiesta, Vintage, Saucer, Fiestaware, Red Fiesta, Vintage, Saucer, Fiestaware, Red $6.29 1d 13h 38m
FIESTAWARE ORANGE RED 14 FIESTAWARE ORANGE RED 14" CHOP PLATE Round Platter HOMER LAUGHLIN HLC USA $89.99 1d 23h 45m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Orange Fruit Bowl Homer Laughlin Fiestaware 5.5 Vintage Fiesta Ware Red Orange Fruit Bowl Homer Laughlin Fiestaware 5.5" As Is $27.95 2d 43m
Fiestaware Cinnabar Ring Handle Coffee Cup Fiesta Tom & Jerry Mug RETIRED COLOR Fiestaware Cinnabar Ring Handle Coffee Cup Fiesta Tom & Jerry Mug RETIRED COLOR 0 $5.99 2d 2h 8m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Tom & Jerry Mug 221148 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Tom & Jerry Mug 221148 $99.95 2d 2h 16m
Fiestaware CLARET  Ring Handle Coffee Cup Fiesta Tom & Jerry Mug RETIRED COLOR Fiestaware CLARET Ring Handle Coffee Cup Fiesta Tom & Jerry Mug RETIRED COLOR 0 $5.99 2d 2h 18m
Vintage Fiestaware - Red - #5 Mixing Bowl - Rings Inside 1936/1938 Vintage Fiestaware - Red - #5 Mixing Bowl - Rings Inside 1936/1938 $350.00 2d 2h 24m
3 Vintage Fiestaware Red Teacups in excellent Condition 3 Vintage Fiestaware Red Teacups in excellent Condition $39.50 2d 3h 1m
VINTAGE FIESTA RIMMED SOUP/DEEP PLATE RADIOACTIVE RED 1936-1939 MINT CONDITION VINTAGE FIESTA RIMMED SOUP/DEEP PLATE RADIOACTIVE RED 1936-1939 MINT CONDITION 0 $40.00 2d 3h 53m
VINTAGE FIESTA 1969-1972 IRONSTONE MANGO RED CREAMER VERY RARE!  FLAWLESS VINTAGE FIESTA 1969-1972 IRONSTONE MANGO RED CREAMER VERY RARE! FLAWLESS 0 $49.99 2d 3h 54m
Vintage Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Casserole Bowl Lid ONLY in Original Red, almost 8 Vintage Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Casserole Bowl Lid ONLY in Original Red, almost 8" $19.99 2d 4h 17m
Vintage Yellow Ware Water Picture Maroon Vintage Yellow Ware Water Picture Maroon $9.00 2d 7h 50m
Vintage Fiesta Ware Orange (Red) Creamer Vintage Fiesta Ware Orange (Red) Creamer 0 $15.00 2d 9h 50m
4 HLC FIESTAWARE RED Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Makers Mark 4 HLC FIESTAWARE RED Cup Mug Round Finger Hole Script Makers Mark $24.00 2d 11h 43m
Vintage Antique Fiestaware Red Luncheon Plate Homer Laughlin Vintage Antique Fiestaware Red Luncheon Plate Homer Laughlin $18.99 2d 12h 24m
Vintage Vintage "Original" Fiesta® Pottery - Tea Cup and Saucer Red Set #2 $12.50 2d 12h 37m
Vintage Vintage "Original" Fiesta® Pottery - 4 Small Red Fruit Bowls $40.00 2d 12h 37m
Vintage Vintage "Original" Fiesta® Pottery - Tea Cup and Saucer Red Set #3 $12.50 2d 12h 37m
Vintage Vintage "Original" Fiesta® Pottery - Tea Cup and Saucer Red Set #1 $12.50 2d 12h 37m
FIESTA POTTERY GUSTO BOWL IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT FIESTA POTTERY GUSTO BOWL IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT $25.00 2d 14h 24m
FIESTA POTTERY 7 FIESTA POTTERY 7" COUPE SOUP BOWL IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT $35.00 2d 14h 24m
FIESTA POTTERY MIXING BOWL IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT FIESTA POTTERY MIXING BOWL IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT $22.00 2d 14h 24m
FIESTA POTTERY 13 FIESTA POTTERY 13" OVAL PLATTER IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT $50.00 2d 14h 24m
FIESTA POTTERY TOM & JERRY MUG IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT FIESTA POTTERY TOM & JERRY MUG IN ORIGINAL MANGO RED COLOR – MINT $13.00 2d 14h 24m
Vintage Vintage "Radioactive" Red FIESTA SUGAR BOWL Fiestaware No Lid 0 $15.00 2d 14h 58m
Vintage Fiestaware Radioactive Red Harlequin Creamer Vintage Fiestaware Radioactive Red Harlequin Creamer 0 $9.20 2d 15h 1m
Vintage Salt Shaker in Radioactive Red (Orange) Fiestaware Vintage Salt Shaker in Radioactive Red (Orange) Fiestaware 0 $8.50 2d 15h 6m
VINTAGE ORIGINAL FIESTA HOMER LAUGHLIN OVAL SERVING TRAY RED 9.5 VINTAGE ORIGINAL FIESTA HOMER LAUGHLIN OVAL SERVING TRAY RED 9.5" $9.99 2d 15h 15m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Ware Orange Bread and Butter Plate 6.5 Vintage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Ware Orange Bread and Butter Plate 6.5" Excellent $21.95 2d 22h 23m
Vintage Fiestaware HLC Made In USA Turquoise Approx. 4 3/4 Vintage Fiestaware HLC Made In USA Turquoise Approx. 4 3/4" Fruit Bowl Pottery 0 $9.99 2d 23h 44m
Fiesta Ware  31/2 Fiesta Ware 31/2" Dark Red Set of 7 Vintage Mugs $75.00 3d 36m
Ceramic Mug, Love mug, Gift for Mom, Pottery Mug, Ceramic Tea cup , Red mug, Red Ceramic Mug, Love mug, Gift for Mom, Pottery Mug, Ceramic Tea cup , Red mug, Red $23.30 3d 1h 26m
HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED 8.25 HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED 8.25" Rim Soup Bowl - VGUC $40.00 3d 1h 57m
Vintage Original HLC FIESTA 7 1/4 inch Salad Plate in Red Vintage Original HLC FIESTA 7 1/4 inch Salad Plate in Red $8.50 3d 2h 14m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Creamer 1736999 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Creamer 1736999 $239.95 3d 2h 22m
HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED 5.5 HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED 5.5" Fruit Bowl - EUC $22.50 3d 2h 25m
3 HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED 6 3/8 3 HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED 6 3/8" Bread & Butter Plates - EUC $30.00 3d 2h 32m
VTG Fiesta Nappy Serving Bowl 8.5 VTG Fiesta Nappy Serving Bowl 8.5" in Radioactive Red Orange ~~ EXCELLENT $12.00 3d 2h 37m
HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED Cup & Saucer Set - VGUC HOMER LAUGHLIN FIESTA RADIOACTIVE RED Cup & Saucer Set - VGUC $22.50 3d 2h 43m
 Four (4) Red & Green Fiesta Style Fish Embossed Plates 6.50 Four (4) Red & Green Fiesta Style Fish Embossed Plates 6.50" Diameter $6.75 3d 3h 9m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Cup & Saucer 7036442 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Cup & Saucer 7036442 $37.99 3d 3h 31m
VINTAGE FIESTA IRONSTONE MANGO RED TEA CUP - FIESTAWARE           -   h11 VINTAGE FIESTA IRONSTONE MANGO RED TEA CUP - FIESTAWARE - h11 0 $25.00 3d 3h 34m
VINTAGE VINTAGE "RADIOACTIVE RED" FIESTA 10" FLOWER VASE - MINT !!! -FIESTAWARE 0 $850.00 3d 3h 35m
Old Fiesta 6 1/4 Old Fiesta 6 1/4" Plates...Yellow, Red Orange, Green $35.00 3d 4h 33m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) 11 5/8 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) 11 5/8" Grill Plate 1736995 $55.99 3d 4h 52m
Vintage Fiestaware Fruit Bowls Lot, Radioactive Red & Yellow Vintage Fiestaware Fruit Bowls Lot, Radioactive Red & Yellow 1 $19.00 3d 5h 43m
Vintage Fiestaware Red Ashtray Pre-1940 Excellent Condition Vintage Fiestaware Red Ashtray Pre-1940 Excellent Condition 6 $51.00 3d 6h 4m
2 Vtg FIESTA CUPS RED (orange) + COBALT BLUE Ring Handles tea cup 2 Vtg FIESTA CUPS RED (orange) + COBALT BLUE Ring Handles tea cup $19.99 3d 6h 55m
Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Carafe 2264626 Homer Laughlin FIESTA RED (OLDER) Carafe 2264626 $299.95 3d 6h 58m
Vintage FiestaWare Ironstone Mango Red 9.5 Vintage FiestaWare Ironstone Mango Red 9.5" Dinner Plate 1969-72 Homer 0 $16.99 3d 9h 39m
VINTAGE FIESTAWARE RED SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS FIESTA BALL SHAKER, SET OF 2. Pair VINTAGE FIESTAWARE RED SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS FIESTA BALL SHAKER, SET OF 2. Pair 0 $9.99 3d 12h 20m
Fiestaware, Harlequin, Vintage, Tumbler, Fiesta, Red, rim fleabite Fiestaware, Harlequin, Vintage, Tumbler, Fiesta, Red, rim fleabite $34.19 3d 12h 52m
Harlequin, Homer Laughlin, Fiesta, Vintage, Creamer, Red, Very Nice Harlequin, Homer Laughlin, Fiesta, Vintage, Creamer, Red, Very Nice $17.99 3d 12h 52m
Vintage Fiesta Red 9.5 Vintage Fiesta Red 9.5" plate 0 $9.95 3d 13h 35m
Vintage Siesta Ware Red Eagle Cookie Jar w Lid Vintage Siesta Ware Red Eagle Cookie Jar w Lid $16.71 3d 17h 42m
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 $19.99 3d 20h 48m
Lot Of 4 Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange 7 3/8 Saucers Lot Of 4 Vintage Fiesta Radioactive Red Orange 7 3/8 Saucers 0 $4.99 4d 21m
Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin Nut Bowl - Atomic Red Vintage Homer Laughlin Harlequin Nut Bowl - Atomic Red $29.99 4d 2h 38m
Fiestaware Red 1936-1944 Large Salad Bowl Fiestaware Red 1936-1944 Large Salad Bowl $299.99 4d 2h 48m
RARE Vintage 1930's Fiesta Homer Laughlin Turquoise Cup & Saucer Set RARE Vintage 1930's Fiesta Homer Laughlin Turquoise Cup & Saucer Set $49.95 4d 3h 27m
Vintage Red Color (Red-Orange) Tea/Coffee Cup Pottery McCoy or Fiesta? Vintage Red Color (Red-Orange) Tea/Coffee Cup Pottery McCoy or Fiesta? $3.00 4d 3h 42m

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