blue heaven santa plateOver on the Facebook Fan Page, Scott posted this photo of one of his Blue Heaven Santa plates. I got so excited, because Blue Heaven is my everyday dinnerware, and I didn’t know that there were special edition plates. Special editions? I went surfing and over on Royal Ed’s store spotted examples also of Blue Heaven John F. Kennedy, a Christmas tree and a calendar of 1965.  Blue Heaven Jesus seems to be the most collectible – he is most expensive and also out of stock.
Back in the early days of the blog — December 2007 — I did a few posts about readers’ everyday dinnerware. Femme1 uses Salem Biscayne dishes. Mitzi likes her vintage Corelle. But, way back then, I didn’t have many readers, so this wasn’t a very robust survey.

So: How about you? Would I find vintage dishes in your kitchen cabinets? What kind?

Also please note: Vintage dinnerware may contain lead — please do your own research and consult with professionals so that you can make your own, informed decision about this issue and regarding safe practices.

This one also seems to call for a reader slide show (slide show now deleted).

  1. Maryanna says:

    I agree! I saw that you have “Harvest Time.” I am currently hunting the S&P set (I have only one shaker) and more of the solid green accent plates. 🙂

  2. Gavin Hastings says:

    Maryanna,
    It’s like finding crabgrass in your lawn….once you discover it, you can see it from 50 feet. The stuff is out there: some of my Iroquois came from a tag sale I saw while driving by at 40mph.

    Show every person you know the pattern you are looking for- I bet you will soon find boxes of it left on your doorstep. It has happened to me….

  3. Nina462 says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t see this thread sooner – I did upload my photo’s of the Golden Wheat pattern everyday ware that I received this year for Christmas from my brother. It is the pattern that my Grandparents had & I love it. It was from the 40’s.
    I also had (& uploaded) the Ekco silverware that I found for FREE – serving pieces & all. We use to have this silverware in the 70’s – not my style, but hey, it was free!

  4. Susan K says:

    Just uploaded 3 photos from my dinnerware collection. Let me know if you got them, Pam. I’m a little late to the party.

    I’ve had one or two pieces of several of the patterns but also seeing some for the first time (thanks, Sputnikmoss!).

    Glad to see others see dishes as integral to mid-mod experience!

  5. Just stumbled upon this post and it’s so much fun to see all the vintage dishes! I just “inherited” two stray sets of vintage dishes. One Salem North Star set and one Ceramano set from West Germany. I’m trying to figure out if they’re microwave safe. .. but for now am assuming they are not.

  6. rachel says:

    I started buying mismatched saucers that caught my eye, now my cats are eating their moist food off china on most days

  7. Kathleen says:

    We have a huge set of Blue Heaven, including numerous Fire King glass pieces in the pattern (side-handled chili bowls, custard bowls, etc.) and glass tumblers in various sizes. It’s our “special occasion” dinnerware for large parties.

    I have a few of the plates with the overlay decals – a 1965 calendar, Santa, J.F. Kennedy and one with both Jackie and JFK. I’ve been hunting for the Jesus and Christmas Tree for years. Almost snagged the Christmas tree a few weeks ago, but sadly, the shipper did a poor job of packing and it arrived in multiple pieces.

    As to everyday dishes, I collect restaurant ware and use “tan ware” (tan bodied clay) dishes for every day use. They were meant for industrial use, so are very durable and don’t mind the dishwasher at all.

  8. Annie says:

    I recently found this site and have been scouring it. I use Corelle “Spring Green” (kept the set when my mother bought new dishes) and have been fortunate to find casseroles, etc., of the same pattern plus the similar “Crazy Daisy” by Pyrex. I also have the green dishes Kathy likes. And my childhood FireKing mugs – one with a smiley face and the other, a panda. I trot out my large green Fiesta plate only for special cakes. And I remember eating off Blue Heaven at my aunt’s. She now uses “Spring Green” so I’ve asked my cousin to give his mom a new set of dishes for Christmas and I’ll reimburse him if he’ll slip me her Corelle. 😉

  9. Beth says:

    Hey there!
    I just read your post about the “Jesus” plate you’ve been searching for. I have one and it’s for sale if you’re still interested.

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