History of King Stove and Range and Martin Stove and Range. A long and colorful history, from 1905 to 2003.
Joe Zawadowski is a vintage cast iron pup collector. He is also a turtle champion, wood carver, bog hunter, dog judge and skull seeker. I had wanted to see, learn, and write about Joe’s vintage cast iron pup collection for quite some time. The visit […]
The Lodge Manufacturing Company is the longest-running cast iron foundry in America. It is and has always been family-owned. Joseph Lodge started the company in 1896 in the small town (pop. ~3500) of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. His great-grandson Henry Lodge is the current CEO. Another […]
Grady Britt of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a long-time Lodge cast iron collector. While he also has pieces by many other manufacturers – notably Griswold – the focus of his study and his collection is on Lodge cast iron. Grady and Jean Britt Linda and […]
John Clough collects vintage Lodge cast iron. I mean, he really collects. John was kind enough to show Linda and I his vintage Lodge cast iron collection in September 2018. John and his spouse KT (Katherine) as well as cats Oreo and Wewe live in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]