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06 August 2015

A Mid Century Dinner Party.

My love for mid century dinnerware started when I saw my first piece of Franciscan Starburst in an antique mall in 1997 and I was hooked. Throw in a few pieces of turquoise Pyrex and a nearly twenty year collection began. But I didn't stop there- Tickled Pink, Blue Heaven, Oasis...there were so many gorgeous patterns, I couldn't stop myself. My husband still talks about the time we lived in California and I found 120 pieces of Tickled Pink when we were visiting Oregon...we each carried five carry-ons back on the plane home, this was before all of those pesky airline restrictions. FYI- dishes are heavy. Here are a few of my favorites from my collection and where you can find your own. 
Let's start with my favorite.

Franciscan Starburst

With it's bold atomic pattern, Starburst screams 1950's. It was first introduced by Gladding, McBean, and Co (known as Franciscanware) in 1954. Not only is the pattern cool, the shapes of the dishes are known as the "eclipse" shape. It's not your ordinary round dinner plate. I used to balk at paying $8 for a dinner plate, but in recent years the prices for this pattern have skyrocketed. If you see it, grab it.

Franciscan Oasis

I am in love with the eclipse shape so naturally I love the Oasis line as well. Introduced in 1955, it has a blue grid pattern and a starburst shape. It's hard to find as well. I can only surmise it's because people actually used these dishes back in the day, instead of just looking at them like I do.

Tickled Pink By Vernonware

Produced by Vernon Kilns beginning in 1955, these dishes have pink squares and lines on a speckled background. And what's not to love about pink?

Heavenly Days By Vernonware

Pink not your style? That's okay, because they made blue too! Known as "Heavenly Days"- don't you just love the name? It's just like "Tickled Pink" but in a turquoise blue color.

 Blue Heaven By Royal China Company

I don't know who came up with the names for all of these patterns but don't they just scream of a simpler, dreamier time? This pattern came along in the 1960s and features a blue pattern. I've heard that there was even a grocery store promotion involved- spend a certain amount of money and get another dish, now those were the days! Not to mention Fire King made milk glass with the matching pattern!

I could go on for days about dinnerware but I have another serious obsession- vintage Pyrex. Now to say I collected Pyrex before collecting Pyrex was popular is probably true. Twenty years ago there wasn't a "Lucky In Love" selling on eBay for $4000. When collecting Pyrex, go for what you love. I'm partial to pink, turquoise, red, yellow, orange, and black. I collect "Spring Blossom" because it's from the decade I was born in and I like the browns for Thanksgiving (those I will actually use). Throw in some oddballs like the fetus, primary sets, and Crazy Quilt...well, I guess I kind of like them all.

Condition is up to you. My Pyrex doesn't have to be perfect as long as it displays well. 
There is the "light test" that some collectors favor. Hold it up so the light shines through- this will reveal any imperfections in the color. That doesn't mean it won't sit on a shelf nicely, it's just revealing what you are comfortable living with.

First of all, don't EVER put your Pyrex in the dishwasher! It removes the shine and color- there's nothing worse than finding a gorgeous piece of Pyrex with "DWD"  dishwasher destroyed or dishwasher damaged.

Always soak in warm soapy water first and use a soft cloth to clean. If there are any dried on bits, use a fingernail or toothpick to remove.
For silverware marks on the inside or non-colored portion, you can use the liquid version of "Bar Keepers Friend" 
For stubborn outside marks, I have used a Magic Eraser, VERY lightly. Don't scrub and use a gentle touch on the area. It will remove the color and or shine if you scrub too hard.
As always, proceed cautiously and clean at your own risk.


It's Pyrex's 100 year anniversary! They are celebrating with limited edition products you can find on their website. Their site is filled with fun facts about the brand- like more than 80 million Americans own Pyrex products! There are also great websites like www.pyrexlove.com where you can find information on the patterns in your collection. And don't even get me started on international Pyrex. That's for another day.

Interested in starting your own collection? Well, you're in luck because the Vintage Vertigo etsy team has some pretties available!

Pyrex Casserole Midnight Bloom

Pyrex Cinderella Mixing Bowls Spring Blossom

Pyrex Casserole Delphite Blue

Blue Heaven Casserole Dish

Canonsburg Blue Heaven Creamer

North Star Bread And Butter

Taylor Smith Weathervane Saucers

Sabin China Soup Bowls

Canonsburg Temporama Bowls

For even more options visit our team thread here -
Vintage Vertigo Mid Century Dinnerware.

As you can see, there are so many companies and patterns to choose from! Just find your favorite and get started. Happy hunting!



CraveCute said...

Love your collections Tricia! Nice vintage selections from these Etsy seller! The Canonsburg design looks very familiar to me, think my mom had some of those!

Anne's Accumulations said...

Tricia, you have given me another "thing" to look for at the thrift shops and yard sales. Your collection is spectacular. I think I like the Starburst the best! Or the Blue Heaven or the Heavenly Days in pink....uh oh....hooked on something new. Enjoyed your blog...And this Etsy Vintage Vertigo Team certainly has a lot of collectible pieces!

Mary Tipping said...

Great blog post!! I love midmod dinnerware:) And huge thanks for the feature!

Anonymous said...

I can never pass up a piece of Pyrex. Love it! Thanks so much for including my shop in this great and informative post.


Vintage Vertigo said...

Fabulous post Tricia!

Blue Moon Attic said...
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Treasures Found Shoppe said...

Tricia awesome blog! Informative, lovely photo's and a great selection of items available for purchase from v2 team member shops.

Blue Moon Attic said...

So many wonderful MCM pieces are showcased here. Outstanding post, Tricia! I really enjoyed reading this article.

Dave Vasquez said...

I could fill my kitchen with all these beautiful vintage pieces just to sit and stare in awe at all the lovelies! Beautiful pieces everyone, wonderful post, and happy to see the TVV and team thriving!

All My Best

Sarah Bennett said...

Oh how this takes me back. My mother was a wonderful cook, and her kitchen was the place everyone wanted to be in! In it were so many pieces similar to these. These are all so terrific! Thanks for a great trip down Memory Lane :)

stevenjared0853 said...

Good to know about your dinner party and it reminded of my dinner party which we had couple of months ago. I arranged it with my friends at Seattle convention center. All of our friends gathered and we had pretty good time.