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The Mystery of the Vintage Brown Beer Bottle Marked “WAGNER SIDNEY O” – Solved!

The Mystery of the Vintage Brown Beer Bottle Marked “WAGNER SIDNEY O” – Solved!

A short while back, someone in one of the many cast iron Facebook groups to which I belong posted a photo of a brown beer bottle, with raised lettering marked “Wagner” and “Sidney, O.” The person asked whether the bottle was related to the Wagner […]

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

The Sidney Hollow Ware Company began in 1859 as “P. Smith Bro. & Co.” Philip Smith began working a small foundry in Sidney Ohio with capital of just $25 in 1859.  His brother Michael joined him in the business a short time later. P. Smith […]

Why Griswold Made Both a High- and Low-Base for its Waffle Irons

Why Griswold Made Both a High- and Low-Base for its Waffle Irons

I’ve seen this theorized here and there before, and the theories all made sense, but here it is right from the mouth of Griswold’s marketing department in 1921! “The Griswold … low frame … is for use on coal and wood ranges, and the high […]

The Wapak Hollow Ware Company, Wapakoneta, Ohio

The Wapak Hollow Ware Company, Wapakoneta, Ohio

The Wapak Hollow Ware Company was formed in 1903 by a group of five men in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The Company was in business until 1926, when it declared bankruptcy.

Kathleen’s Question: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

Kathleen’s Question: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

I have a youtube channel, and received a comment from Kathleen O on one of my vids with a pan that had pitting: “I hear the that the “pitting” is caused by use over fire or old wood stove. Does this mean old wood stoves burned […]

Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip made in my Griswold Chicken Pan

Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip made in my Griswold Chicken Pan

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…my chicken pan can do anything! I’m having guests for a casual dinner tonight on the patio. Burgers are on the menu, along with all of the accoutrements and a roasted veggie side. I needed a couple […]


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