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Category: Ephemera

G. F. Filley, Excelsior Manufacturing Company, Charter Oak Stove and Range

G. F. Filley, Excelsior Manufacturing Company, Charter Oak Stove and Range

Giles F. Filley – commonly known as G.F. Filley – was the founder of the Excelsior Manufacturing Company and of the Charter Oak Stove and Range. In addition to the wildly popular Charter Oak stove, Filley and Excelsior produced hollow ware which is highly sought-after […]

Griswold Quaker Ware Dealer Ads

Griswold Quaker Ware Dealer Ads

One handy way to determine the pieces in a particular line of vintage or antique cast iron cookware is to get your hands on an old catalog or ads for the product. Larry and Marg O’Neil have a tremendous amount of cast iron and cast […]

M. Etta Moses, the woman behind Griswold’s advertising campaign.

M. Etta Moses, the woman behind Griswold’s advertising campaign.

I became interested in Griswold’s “Aunt Ellen” a while ago. Aunt Ellen was the cornerstone of the Griswold Manufacturing Company’s advertising campaign from 1922 to the 1940s. From what I could find about her online, at the central Minneapolis library archives and from other collectors, […]

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, I had a pretty pan that had some interesting features. It was marked “Odorless” on the bottom, and carried a patent date of October 17, 1893. It looked similar to a skillet, with pour spouts at […]

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

In my quest to find out who had manufactured a pretty antique Odorless skillet I used to own, I uncovered a huge amount of information. So much so that I’ve written two blog posts about the topic! To understand the Odorless skillet and other kettles/pans […]


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