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SMOOTHING IRONS

Before electricity was available, there were a number of alternative methods of heating irons. The traditional 'sad' or 'flat' iron was heated up on the kitchen range; the box iron contained a pre-heated 'slug' of metal which, when cool, could be exchanged for another hot one; the charcoal iron contained glowing lumps of charcoal, gas heated irons were connected via a rubber tube to a gas supply; spirit or petrol was also used to heat irons.

The main problems with the early non-electric irons were that they were dirty and the temperature was often difficult to control. Much time was wasted in heating up and cooling down to achieve the required temperature.

IRONING

SAD OR FLAT IRON

SMOOTHING IRON WITH REMOVABLE HANDLE

SMOOTHING IRON COVER

SMOOTHING IRON STAND

BOX IRON

PETROL IRON

PETROL IRON 2

CHARCOAL IRON

GAS SMOOTHING IRON

GAS SMOOTHING IRON 2

GAS SMOOTHING IRON

ELECTRIC IRON

ELECTRIC TRAVELLING IRON

COLLAR IRON

TAILOR'S WEASEL

IRONING

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