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Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Jennifer M of Livermore California asked me a question about a vintage ACCO cast iron pup via the “Contact Mary” form on the website.  She wrote: “I was going through a few boxes of my grandparents special items. I came across the little orange puppy […]

The “Griswold” Silver Pup Scandal

The “Griswold” Silver Pup Scandal

The “Griswold” silver pup scandal of 1994 caused an uproar in the cast iron collecting community. Steve’s Purchase of Two Silver Pups at an Estate Sale in 2018 Steve L. of La Pine Oregon recently contacted me. He told me that he had purchased two Griswold silver […]

Ask Mary: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

Ask Mary: 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 […]

Ask Mary: What Kind of Cooking Spray Can I Use?

Ask Mary: What Kind of Cooking Spray Can I Use?

Sandra K, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wrote to me via the contact form, and said: I’m out of Pam, but I found a can of cold pressed Olive Oil non-stick cooking spray. I cannot find my Pam, just moved and it must have been left […]


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