Thursday, March 26, 2009

Orange You Glad to See Me?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Banana who?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Banana who?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Remember that old knock, knock joke? This week my vintage show and share is about orange.

Included in the lot of Fiestaware dishes I shared last week, was this red (orange) ring handled creamer.

The Homer Laughlin Pottery Company began producing the Fiesta dinnerware line in 1936. They started their line with five colors – red, blue, green, yellow and ivory. While the red appeared orange, the company decided to keep its original name as “red”. The ring handled creamer was introduced in the fall of 1939 to replace the stick handled creamer.

Another piece I purchased at the same auction, but not included in the lot with the other items was this red 12” comport.

This piece has a small manufacturing flaw on the underside. From what I understand, this was common in this pottery line. Other than that, it is in excellent condition.

Because the red glaze was created using a uranium glaze, the red pieces were discontinued during World War II. All 12” comports were also discontinued from the line during the war.

Did you know that there were over 10 million pieces of Fiestaware pottery produced in 1948 alone?

Included in my dining room center piece are these glass candelabras. I got them at an auction several years ago and have no idea of their origin. They look art deco-ish to me. No matter. I love them.

A note to Janet - Last week you asked about the water pitcher and bowls. They ARE on display, just in other parts of the house.

To see more awesome vintage things, hurry over to Suzanne's, our wonderful hostess.



CC said...

I absolutely love FiestaWare. My used to be MIL had every piece ever made I think..:), and I love it more than her fine china. Not sure why, I think maybe those bright, vibrant colors. Happy VTT and have a most wonderful weekend.

Roslyn said...

Oh orange you cute,Bea! That's really vintage,LOL.
I haven't seen the orange/red Fiesta, it's got an interesting history, I learned something new -again!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I like fiestaware too due to its bright colours.. and your orange ones are so pretty..

Happy VTT

Susan said...

That joke was the first one I learned and used to drive everyone crazy. I remember that. Orange is one of my favorite colors so I would be drawn to this. Fiesta ware has certainly made a few pieces, oh my.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea why I didn't collect FiestaWare. I just love all the bright colors but especially the uranium tainted ones :)
They are beautiful!

Miri said...

I think that was the first joke I taught my kids when they were little...we were on line in the supermarket :)

I love Fiesta ware...the red/orange is beautiful. What a wonderful collection you have!

bj said...

I loved looking at your Fiesta Ware..and the info you gave us.
Thanks for sharing..

Dawn said...

Oh how I love Fiesta ware! And the knock-knock joke was very fun! I haven't visited your blog since you changed the page and the bees and honeycomb is very cute! my word verification is unwed--how strange!

ClassyChassy said...

YIKES - what a bright post today - a real eye opener! Orange isn't my favorite color, but you have given me a new appreciation for it in the pretty items on display! Thank you!`

gin said...

I'm amazed at the history. I did not know Fiesta ware went back that far.

Jan Ely said...

So cheerful! So many people are afraid to use orange, but it's perfect this time of year!

CarolynQuilts said...

Love the orange! It's such a great vintage color. Thanks for the info on Fiesta--interesting information.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Love fiestaware and believe it or not I don't own one piece. It's just so "happy" to me.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Coloradolady said...

What a pretty color. Very Cheery. I don't think I have seen orange/red fiesta ware around here for a while, but yours is very pretty.

SueLovesCherries said...

They all look great together! That's a really nice shade of orange, too!

Kelly said...

Bea - Love the FiestaWare - love, love, love the orange! Here is an article published at my almumater about the orange...

Funny - your post reminded me of a professor's office door covered with information about orange FiestaWare. I was a closet Physics Major.


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Janice said...

Love the Fiesta!

Your candleholders are Fostoria, the pattern name is Century. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

I like that bowl!

Amy said...

hi Bea *waves*
I adore fiesta ware and yours are lovely :-)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love the "red" FiestaWare, and those candle sticks are just beautiful.

Barb said...

Thanks for coming by and your nice comment about my 'early' art work.

Can i hang one of the other paintings instead of the mushrooms? Don't think i can quite handle those again, at least not yet. =0))

Barbara Jean

mub said...

Orange is my very favorite color! I love the little creamer.

Erika said...

I love fiestaware the colors and the simpleness of them they are just fun.

And your candle holders those are so neat! I love candles and those make them so fun!

Erika @ homegrown family

T Lee said...

love the candle holders! Fiesta!!

Threeundertwo said...

I love fiestaware! We eat off it every day. I didn't know that about the red/orange color.

Anonymous said...

i love those knock, knock jokes :) and i really love's ssoo retro :)

Barb said...

Thanks for coming by to see my 'vintage' art. =0)

I appreciate your kind words, but being a cottage sort of girl, those mushrooms just don't fit in now.
Hmmm. Guess i could re-do my rose bathroom and make it mushrooms.
(I don't think so!) =0)

Maybe the birds can find a place to live though, other than under my bed. Hey, they're pink, and my rose bathroom is pink. I'll just throw a couple of nests in there, and wallah! re-decoration complete!!

Blessings and have a super weekend,
Barbara Jean

Janet, said...

Hi, you know I love fiestaware (the old and the new).I had some in the red and my son had a Geiger counter and he always got a kick out of putting it up against them and it would go off. I've got some of the old, but it's too pricey to collect unless you can really get a good deal on it.