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I have three vintage cast iron skillets and darn am I having a difficult time figuring out a date range. I was on a few sites that were helping then I clicked on a third and porn popped up. “What?” Not sure how “Griswold cast iron skillet” is associated with porn bug that did it for me. Here are pictures of the three in question and if you have any idea of DOM or could steer me toward a non-perverted resource that would be great!

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seems we have a plethora of comedians tonight. 🙄
The reason I’m asking is I know some of these were my great-grandmother’s and some my great-great-grandmother’s. I was thinking if I could figure out about when they were made I might be able to make an educated guess as to who’s was who’s.
 

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I like my cast iron dutch ovens and skillet for outdoor cooking. Of course, we use icast iron indoors too. Wanda makes killer corn bread and biscuits in her skillet. We also have a flat square cast iron skillet that Wanda made grilled cheese sandwiches on tonight.

On our way home from Pigeon Forge today we stopped at the Lodge Cast Iron factory outlet in South Pittsburg, TN. She bought 2 pieces of ceramic coated cast iron to try out.
 

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That’s good stuff. I have a number of pieces of Le Creuset and glad I do. Cooking on gas is much different than what I’m used to and heavier pots and pans are proving the way to go. If I use something that doesn’t have some mass to absorb and distribute the heat things cook way too fast.
 

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I've got a few pieces that belonged to my mother and her mother. They've got so much carbon built up on the bottom you can barely see the heat rings let alone any makers marks. I keep saying I'm going to clean them off and see who made them but I hate to. Old cast iron is so much better than modern cast iron. The cooking surface was polished on the old ones. New ones are not.
 

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I found this in wikipedia and than there is a link with pictures and dates that may be of help to you.

Griswold cast iron pots and pans, skillets, dutch ovens, and other kitchen items had a reputation for high quality, and they are well known to antique collectors and sellers. The easily recognized "cross" logo seen on Griswold products from the 1910s through the 1960s was modified several times over the years. Historians and collectors note these modifications and use them to date these pieces, to give more accurate estimates of their age and approximate date of manufacture.

  • The "Griswold cross" logo was first used by the manufacturer during the 1910s. For several years until the early 1920s, these pans had a slanted, slightly italicized "Griswold" name at the center of the cross. The age and quality of these pans make them among the most desirable for collectors, and as such they are often sold for high prices at antique malls and fairs.
  • The logo was changed to block lettering during the 1920s through the 1930s. This version of the Griswold logo is the most popular and well-known of the different variations, and images of this logo are often seen as the standard for representing collections of antique cast iron cookware in general.
  • During the early 1940s, Griswold changed its logo to a much smaller sized image, commonly known as the "small logo" Griswold. The company produced pans with this logo until its acquisition by the Randall corporation in 1957.
  • After being acquired by Randall in 1957, the Griswold foundry and manufacturing plant in Erie, Pennsylvania was closed. Further cookware was produced at the Wagner foundry in Sidney, Ohio. Pans were produced with the Griswold logo from 1957 through the mid-1960s, though these pans did not include the "ERIE PA." mark. In the early-to-mid 1960s, a number of pans were produced with dual logos, displaying the images of both Griswold and Wagner. The Griswold logo was phased out by the late 1960s, and further cast iron from General Housewares was labeled with the Wagner Ware logo.
Check this link out lots of pictures but sorry to say no porn!
 

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seems we have a plethora of comedians tonight. 🙄
The reason I’m asking is I know some of these were my great-grandmother’s and some my great-great-grandmother’s. I was thinking if I could figure out about when they were made I might be able to make an educated guess as to who’s was who’s.
I, do not know why the new cast iron pans are not smooth on the cooking surface. I. think it would be hard to cook from them.
 

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I, do not know why the new cast iron pans are not smooth on the cooking surface. I. think it would be hard to cook from them.
Labor costs. I do have a newer Lodge 15 inch skillet because none of moms are that big. The pre seasoning that came on it is inadequate. I seasoned it a couple of more times and it cooks pretty good but it's still not as slick as I'd like it.
 

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I have a Lodge griddle that replaces the grates on two of the "eyes" on the stovetop that we bought about 4 years ago. We never used it so wife took it off and put the grate back on it a couple of months ago.
 

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Old big cast iron stuff Mama got rid of years ago. We just have a few small cast iron items so be lighter on joints. Mama likes the Lodge brand, like already posted the pre-seasoned items lacks quality but they be well seasoned now. Biggest item we have now is made hold 9 biscuits but leave few slots empty in the pan.
Have admit never dated a iron skillet but a lady did throw one at me years ago. It hit wall full of gravy as I was going out door. Never call a lady by the wrong name, especially when she's cooking!
 
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