When my grandmother died, I found a stack of cast iron in her basement when we were cleaning out her house. They were woefully neglected and covered in dust and grime. I spent a day removing everything and re-seasoning them. This is the end result. Every one of them, with the exception of the top left pan, is from the 40s or 50s. I think one or two were ones her mother passed down to her. They all have a finished surface and everything comes out great. The newly cast pans (I think from the 70s and up?) have the rough surface and more stuff seems to stick. Either way, all my other pans have collected a layer of dust since I got these back to working order. Everything is better with cast iron!