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Category: Joe Zawadowski

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 […]

Joe Zawadowski and his  Vintage Cast Iron Pups

Joe Zawadowski and his Vintage Cast Iron Pups

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 Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

Snuggle pups! I feel a new obsession coming on. I saw a collection of Snuggle Pups and Joe and Nancy Zawadowski’s home. I must find one. Or three. Or six. Creation of the Snuggle Pups Frank W. Hopkins created the snuggle pups. He was a cartoonist. […]

Price for Authentic Griswold Pup

Price for Authentic Griswold Pup

What is a fair price for an authentic Griswold pup? These sweet little vintage cast iron beauties are highly collectible.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I paid $275 for a beautiful black iron satin-smooth Griswold pup with a 30 on the back of […]

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

How can you tell whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction? Griswold pups have been widely reproduced. With just a little knowledge and education, you can quickly determine whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction. I spent time with […]


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