Recently I became kind of transfixed by some of the photos maintained at the Library of Congress. I love to think about the history of the old cast iron pans that come into my hands – where they might have been and the stories they could tell. Our pans come from all areas of the United States, and are vintage mid to late 1800s to around the 1960s. A great many of our pans were manufactured between 1920s to 1950s. During that time, of course, the United States entered into a time of great poverty with the Great Depression. World War II followed. I’m certainly not a historian, but I did enjoy looking through photos from these time periods, and seeing some of this old iron in use. I put together this little post with a few photos and a timeline, so you can see how pans were being used during this time of American history.
I do wonder where my pans have been and what they have seen; I wonder where yours have been as well. I hope that these photos give you a little inspiration in your flights of fancy.
1797: John Adams elected second US president.
June 1812 – December 24, 1814: War of 1812
April 12, 1861 – Spring 1865: Civil War
December 6, 1865: Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, abolishing slavery.
1898: Spanish-American War.
July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918: World War I
August 18, 1920: 19th Amendment passes, giving women the right to vote.
October 29, 1929 – 1939: Stock market crashes; Great Depression follows.
December 7, 1941: Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. US enters WWII.
August 15, 1945: WWII ends.