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Retro Orange and the World's Fair

Updated on December 8, 2015

World's Fair Scarf - Reissue


Meaningful Color

There is something extremely appealing about retro orange. There's the 1950s industrial type or the 1920s tangerine type. Theres even the 1960s pop orange.

My favorite is the 1930s reddish-orange. I want to help you discover how to bring more retro orange into your life.


I react to this color like most people react to a tranquil blue. I'm calmed and grounded when around it. I think it has something to do with happy memories. Memories of seeing paintings with shades of burnt orange, orangish brown and sienna. Memories of my grandfather and his orange triangle chair I liked to sit in.

A color can be tied to memories. Subconsciously or consciously, it effects your mood.

The Lost World of the Fair - 'The Future is Now'

1939: Lost World of Fair
1939: Lost World of Fair

This book is written in a style that reminds me of a tram or boat ride. I'm buoyed by it's narrative. The story alternates with two stories; a young couple at the 1939 World's Fair, and a current writer interviewing an elderly woman about the Fair. Interspersed are wonderfully accurate historical facts and photographs on how the building of the Fairgrounds was intricately intertwined with the politics of the day.


Mood Creator

I wasn't born yet for the 1939 World's Fair, however I WAS at the 1964 New York World's Fair when I was five. Now that I'm older, I have memories of memories and no pictures. But I do have a fake-gold official World's Fair necklace with the iconic globe. My memories include the water fountains around the big Globe, the It's a Small World Boat Ride, and an indoor tram ride that took you to exhibits on how a future home would look like.

A good book about this fair is The End of Innocence: The 1964-65 World’s Fair by Lawrence R. Samuel.

Fiestaware in Pomegranate


Color Rebels

It goes in cycles. Some of my Great Aunts wore bright multi-colored clothes with big chunky colorful jewelry. My Mom rebelled by inundating my childhood with plain white dishes and dressing in neutrals and tailored accessories. Then, I rebelled with the opposite of that and had punked-out colors and my New York City phase of wearing all black.I've now made peace with color palettes and have settled for neutral clothes and colorful Fiestaware dishes!

Brighten Your Life with Retro Orange

They no longer make the reddish-orange Fiestaware I have, but there are still some beautiful tones in that part of the color wheel still being offered.

How Does Orange Make You Feel?

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: It's like people want to blend in more instead of stand out lol.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I saw a beautiful bright orange muscle car the other day. It was so flashy! Why do people generally choose such dull colours for their cars when there are colours like orange? I wonder!

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: I can see not liking orange. Actually I really don't like orange lollypops! Just love the vintage orange look.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @smine27: It's funny I'm not an orange juice fan, but I love the dark or brownish redish oranges in color and in houses.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I've never been a big fan of orange, but the colour is gradually starting to grow on me.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Orange makes me happy! Never fails. :)

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thank you so much!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice lens.