To be honest, I don’t know much about it, only that it was made in the 60s. I found a whole bunch at an estate sale about two years ago, and after my kitchen was renovated, pulled it out and started using it. We like the atomic graphics a lot, it’s got a nice weight, and it’s not too chippy. And, we have found other pieces around here, quite easily and affordably. I recently bought 8 cool matching glasses, about 8 ounce size, for $12.
That said, Femme 1 also sent me her favorites. And I love those, too — especially the Salem Biscayne in the top photo. This is wonderful! Here’s some of what Femme 1 had to say, starting out in response to my note that I also have a lot of Stangl:
“I adore Stangl! The pattern I picked out for my (ahem) first marriage (in the 70s.) was that blue spongeware stuff. I sold most of that on E-bay a few years back. I love Golden Harvest, but I have just a few pieces; I’d like to have more, but I had to restrain myself because I collect about five different patterns of dinnerware already: Biscayne by Salem (from the 50s through the early 60s) is my everyday stuff. It must have been a really popular item because now it’s incredibly cheap and I find it everywhere in thrift shops… Eva Zeisel’s Hallcraft Fantasy; Harlequin (the cheaper younger brother of Fiesta); Ben Seibel’s Harvest Time by Iroquois…and good ole Franciscan Starburst.
Plus I have tons of odd and ends of stuff I just really love (like Bauer bowls and Redwing Golden Viking).”
Thanks, Femme 1 — keep the comments, thoughts and ideas coming!
And readers: What are your “everyday” dinnerware favorites? Send me your jpegs, and I’ll feature them, in the new year. Send to: Pam@RetroRenovation.com