Thursday, April 14, 2011

World's Fair 1939 and Original Six

Many collectors of Homer Laughlin China (including Fiesta) have a soft spot for items from the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York.  HLC along with a few other potteries built a demonstration kiln and made pottery at that fair.  The fair itself was massive--over 1200 acres divided into different zones.  More than 200,000 people attended opening day, and totals exceeding 44 million people attended over the life of the fair.   Today's tablecloth is a souvenir of that fair and depicts a map of the grounds.  Vintage Fiesta in colors from that time period was used, along with striped Anchor Hocking dessert cups, and primary colored napkins,  also from that era.  (I did cheat and use contemporary flatware, though!)   Who would think that linens and dishes would look so wonderful more than 70 years later?

Welcome to the Fair!
Choosing Colors for the table:

Ready, Set, Go!!!

Thanks for visiting!This is my first visit with Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday, and  I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and celebrating with Jenny Matlock for AlphabeThursday.  Jenny's having alphabet soup today, and we're bringing the letter F for Fair and for Fiesta!  Head on over there with me!


  1. Elaine, this is such a FUN table! I adore that cloth and all of the dishes. My favorite? The cute sherberts with the stripes. OH, they are cute! Fiesta is just so happy. That's what I love best about it, and that NY cloth just makes it all pop. Great table.


    Sheila :-)

  2. Wonderful, Elaine! Your table illustrates so well the coordination between colorware and table linens at the time of the fair. An all (or mostly all) vintage is so exciting!

  3. Delightful and colorful! What a neat table.


  4. How fun. I especially love the divided dish.

  5. I love how everything from the tablecloth to the flatware coordinates! It is so bright and cheery, and nostalgic at the same time.

  6. Whoo! Wee! This is so awesome! Come visit and let's 'scape!

  7. interesting history! I have a friend who collects Fiesta, so I've been admiring it for quite a while.

  8. Wow! In that second photo (and in several others) there is a divided dish in the back that is inset into another dish. What is that called? I need to find one of those! It is soooo cool and sooo much cuter than my tupperware one!

    If it wouldn't be too much trouble, would you mind e-mailing the name of it if you know it? jennymatock at cox dot net

    Thanks for a colorful and happy link to Alphabet Soup!

    This was fabulous.