Dishes for the Depression: Homer Laughlin China Company's Fiesta Ware


In the early 1940s, my grandmother Marcia Howard loved visiting Vi Turk for dinner. Vi and her husband had recently moved to Sharon, Pennsylvania, where he was employed as a Westinghouse engineer. Marcia's parents befriended the Turk family, and Marcia would often be found at their home around mealtime. Not only was Vi a good cook, she also had special dishes for her little guest's use. My grandmother still vividly recalls the excitement of choosing her very own dinner plate from a colorful array known in the 1930s and '40s as Fiesta dinnerware.
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