Retired Fiestaware vs. Discontinued Fiestaware

Often Fiesta collectors may be confused between “retired” and “discontinued” lines.  A color that has been retired is still produced in limited runs, but is planned to be phased out completely.  A color that has been discontinued is one that is no longer being produced. There is a difference of opinion in the definitions. Regardless of the definition….these patterns sometimes are hard to find.

Originally in 1936, Fiestaware was available in five colors, red, ivory, cobalt blue, yellow, and green. The sixth color, turquoise, was added in 1937. In the beginning, all the colors sold for the same price, but in a May of 1937 advertisment, the red items were priced higher.

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