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Category: GCICA

Griswold Quaker Ware

Griswold Quaker Ware

I recently posted a series of photos of old advertisements for Griswold Quaker Ware. Old ads such as those are very helpful when trying to determine what precise pieces were part of a particular line of pans. When I was in Seattle in March, I […]

Antique Trader Cover Story: Joseph Zawadowski and his Cast Iron Pups

Antique Trader Cover Story: Joseph Zawadowski and his Cast Iron Pups

My little ditty about Joseph Zawadowski and his coveted cast iron pups is the cover story for the February 27, 2019 edition of Antique Trader. I’ve written a bit about Joe’s pups and snuggle pups on the blog. You can also find my posts about […]

2018 GCICA Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2018 GCICA Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Linda and I made the trek to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the 2018 Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association (GCICA) convention in April. This year’s event marks the 26th year that the association has held a convention, and the fourth year that Linda and I […]

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

The editor of the GCICA quarterly newsletter – the “Griswold & Cast Iron Quarterly” – is planning to feature members and their favorite pans in future editions. We talked at the 2018 Convention in Baton Rouge, and I offered to submit a little blurb to […]

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If […]

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

**Most recent update 10/10/18. We’re at 13 tips now. I keep thinking of more tips! 🙂 It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And […]

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hi. Thanks for checking out my new website! I am Mary – founder and prior owner of The Pan Handler LLC, and a vintage cast iron cookware enthusiast. I started the business and website from scratch while working a full-time job, and eventually the business […]


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