50s and 60s “everyday” dinnerware: Blue Heaven for me…Salem Biscayne (and more) for Femme 1



harvest-time.JPGFemme 1 asked last week what kind of dinnerware I used. And the answer is: Blue Heaven (pictured at the bottom.)

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? 


  1. Mike says:

    I use Franciscan Starburst for my special occasions, but I am looking for an alternative for everyday use. I also like the Franciscan Oasis pattern, but I have never seen it in the wild.

    The Blue Heaven is quite nice and i will keep my eyes peeled for it.

    I have a wide variety of glassware but I mostly use Anchor Hocking’s Golden Peaks for my everyday use. I have found that when the glass is printed, especially if it is gold leaf, it is best to hand wash the glasses The diswasher will fade them.

    It is a pain to wash them, but every time you reach into the cabinet and pull out a vividly printed glass, you will realize it is worth the effort.

  2. Jason Kennedy says:

    I’ve got a full case of Blue Heaven sugar bowls still in there original boxes. And the case box is original too. Yard sale gem!!!

  3. Jacqueline Yunker says:

    Hi Pam, was wondering if you would like 3 saucers to add to your dinnerware? I collect, but not this pattern and would love for you to have them. They are in excellent condition.
    Also, are you still interested in knotty pine projects?

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