Monday, April 04, 2011

Fire King China

I was visiting with a cousin yesterday, and I noticed she had a china cabinet full of dishes that took me back to my childhood. Marge had recently inherited a collection of azur-ite (pale blue) fire-king dinnerware.

I had not seen this many of these dishes since I was a kid. Back then Fire-King kitchen ware was everywhere. You found the bakeware, casseroles and dinnerware in almost every home. Heck, even the restaurants were using the Jade-ite (mint green) Fire King because of its durability.

Once Martha Stewart started using the old Jade-ite restaurant ware on her show it caused all of the old Fire King patterns to become collectors items.

Fire-King is now made by Anchor Hocking and is a brand of glassware similar to Pyrex, but less expensive. But, the original Fire-King was produced in the 1940's and 1950's for everyday use, rather than display. It was often sold in bags of flour as a promotional item or given away at gas stations and grocery stores with a purchase. Fire-King was also a staple at Kresge's, Woolworth's and the local hardware store.

As I went to do this post I keyed this china into google, and was amazed to discovered that a singe dinner plate on e-bay was selling for twenty-five dollars. And, to think that we use to carry them home for free with each tank of gas.
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  1. I guess what's old is new now. I can't imagine what the get for things we used everyday as kids. As Don says "we're now vintage"

  2. I love a good bargain too! Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy 1st Blue Monday, Rita.

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    Thank you,

  3. Wow -- your cousin is sitting on quite a collection! Of course I remember these dishes and how we collected them. And if only everybody in our family had kept all the things that went to yard sales and dumps and Goodwill over the years..... sigh! Oh well, we have our memories.

  4. I'm pretty sure these are the same dishes my grandma used every day. I haven't seen any in years.


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