Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fiesta - It's Been Around for A Long Time

Prompted by a question from Julie, I thought I would post some info about the history of Fiesta colors since its introduction in 1936.  If you check out another one of my blogs,  "The Pottery Papers" ©,  you can see vintage ads from 1936 forward. I'll post a permanent link to this listing on the sidebar for reference.



Fiesta® Dinnerware Color Chronology

Color  and Years in Production

These colors are commonly known as the "Original Six"

Red 1936 - 1943 & 1959 - 1972
Blue (Cobalt) 1936 - 1951
Green (Light) 1936 - 1951
Yellow 1936 - 1969
Old Ivory 1936 - 1951
Turquoise 1937 - 1969

These colors are commonly known as the "50s Colors"

Forest Green 1951 - 1959
Rose 1951 - 1959
Chartreuse 1951 - 1959
Gray 1951 - 1959
Medium Green 1959 - 1969

These colors are often thought of as the ugly step-sisters, but as Mid-Century becomes more and more popular they are again becoming "fashionable."

Antique Gold 1969 - 1972
Turf Green 1969 - 1972

These years are known as "The Dark Ages"
1973 - 1985 No Fiesta® Production

These years are known as "Let the Good Times Roll".....
not really, commonly called Post 86 Fiesta or P86 Fiesta or Contemporary Fiesta.
White 1986 -
Black 1986 -
Rose 1986 - 2005
Apricot 1986 - 1998
Cobalt Blue 1986 -
Yellow 1987 - 2002
Turquoise 1988 -
Periwinkle Blue 1989 - 2006
Sea Mist Green 1991 - 2005
Lilac (Limited 2-year run) 1993-1995
Persimmon 1995 - 2008
Sapphire (Bloomingdale's Exlusive) 1996 - 1997
Chartreuse (limited 2 year run) 1997- 1999
Pearl Gray1999 - 2001
Juniper 1999 - 2001
Cinnabar 2000 -2010
Sunflower 2001 -
Plum 2002 -
Shamrock 2002 -
Tangerine 2003 -
Scarlet 2004 -
Peacock 2005 -
Heather 2006 - 2008
Evergreen 2007 -2010
Ivory 2008 -
Chocolate 2008 -2012
Lemongrass 2009
Paprika 2010-
75th Anniversary Marigold 2008-2012
Flamingo 2012 -
Lapis 2013 -

7 comments:

  1. How interesting! Your blog is making me want to start collecting these dishes. I'm not sure if I am crazier more for the ads than the dishes. I love old ads.
    Thanks.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  2. Great info. I have always admired Fiesta Ware, but I don't have any.I love the bright colors.;~)
    ~Myrna

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  3. Thanks Myrna! I've been careful not to be too preachy about my obsession with Fiesta....people start to roll their eyes and look at you funny! LOL

    But, as questions come up, I'm more than happy to "share" a bit more about the history of this great AMERICAN made product.

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  4. Karen - You NEED both don't you??? There I go again trying to be an "enabler." Just get a couple pieces .... but that's where it all begins. I'll have to put together a post about how that "one" piece turned into so many.

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  5. Hi Candy, Thank you so much...That is what I thought, but was not sure... I have been collecting Fiesta for 20 years now and I just love it...I just started on brown... Love this new color...How long have you been collecting? You have the biggest collection that I have ever seen!
    xoxo
    Julie

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  6. Hi Julie -

    I've had a few pieces of vintage from family since around '82, but didn't start collecting seriously until 1988. I have way too many dishes, have sold off probably an equal number, but I know LOTS of fellow dish buddies that have way more than I do!

    I always say that I have enough dishes to open a medium sized restaurant and that is the honest truth!

    I've just been reorganizing cabinets and will have some updated images of my collection(s) during the holiday season.

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