Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I/ Alphabe-Thursday

Old fashioned pressing IRONS

So, when did you say the good-ol' days were? I'm so glad to live in the days of electricity and even gladder to have so many permanent press clothes. What a job it would be to keep two IRONS going in order to press cloth - one at the IRONING board and one on the stove heating up. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

But that was not the whole task. In between IRONING days, the IRONS needed to be cleaned, sand-papered and polished.

 Pressing IRONS (a.k.a. sad IRONS or flat IRONS) on wooden IRONING boards

Hot IRONS with metal handles had to be gripped in a pad or a thick wad of rag. Think of how amazed women must have been when detachable wooden handles were invented in 1870! I bet they felt thoroughly modern!

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

50 comments:

Paulie said...

I remember those -- my Mom used them still when I was little. I am grateful for the steam irons of today. No more sprinkling clothes before ironing and putting in the freezer so it wouldn't mold if you didn't get the ironing all finished. lol I love to iron with modern irons.

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Jill said...

So much history held in those irons. Wouldn't it be fun if they could talk? Great pictures!

Kathy said...

I remember my grandmother having these. They were soooo heavy! Re Pauline's comment. I still "sprinkle" clothes that need to be ironed. In fact, just last year I was looking for one of those sprinkler heads that fit in the top of a glass bottle to make the sprinkling task a little more even. Did I find one? No.

Malyss said...

I have some like those ones. I like them very much... as decoration! Like you, I'm glad to live in a time with electricity!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

My father tells story of his mother ironing. Seems like she had three or four irons going.

Lowell said...

The good ol' days, in many ways, were not so good! Nice collection of iron(s).

Andy said...

That is an amazing collection. The phrase "good-ol' days" was coined by man because women did all the work around the house :)

Sandra said...

i am sooooo happy i never had to use one of these, but i do like then and would like to own a few of these. beautiful

TexWisGirl said...

great shots! my mother had one of these old ones, but by the time i was born, she was happy to have a plug-in variety!

Viola said...

Againn- a lovely and interesting post! But metal handles.. how difficult it must have been in the old days! :O

Paul in Powell River said...

I really like the first shot (not that there's anything wrong with the second)!

Kate said...

Imagine how amazed these hard-working women would be if they saw all of our time-saving appliances!

Love these photos...a great collection!

Liz said...

Those pressing irons are wonderful. I bet there's a few stories that accompany them.

George said...

This is a great 'I' post. I remember my grandmother ironing with an iron like one in your first photo.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for the view of rust. Love rusty items. The first shot is splendid, textures and colors.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

I hate ironing (did I say I hate it) I would have hated it more using those tools! Nice catch!

Sandra said...

i am dying to know what you bought!!!

Halcyon said...

I am definitely glad I'm not living in those "good old days". While there may have been some good things about the past, I still like my modern conveniences!

Halcyon said...

I am definitely glad I'm not living in those "good old days". While there may have been some good things about the past, I still like my modern conveniences!

RedPat said...

I can't imagine that hey had time for much other than housework in those days!

Susan said...

I'm thinking those girls had great arms! Those irons couldn't have been light at all! Those are so cool looking, but I'm glad for my lightweight electric one!

☆☆Mumsy said...

Wow..those are just awesome to see, and look heavy. I don't like ironing, and I am glad I didn't have to iron anymore.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love those old irons! I am actually severely allergic to ironing. Even just looking at the photos gives me a little rash!

xxoo,

RMW

Short and Sweet said...

Dreadful!!! Ironing is not my favorite thing to do but I'm certainly glad that I have electricity and gadgets on my iron to make the task less stessful! God bless the women who used these irons!

ellen b. said...

Such a great shot! I have a time getting around to ironing now and it boggles the mind to think of ironing with these great old relics!

Lorrie said...

I love the look of those old irons and think they make wonderful accent pieces. But I am SO thankful that I don't have to use them to iron, since ironing is not one of my favorite tasks.

Mary said...

And to think I hate ironing in this day & age! :)

Rose said...

My mom had a couple of those old irons...and I think she used them...at one time.

There are somethings I would enjoy about the old days, but so much I would not want to give up for anything. The number one thing being the medical advances.

Lavender Cottage said...

I lifted a couple of those once and they are heavy! Imagine the strength the women had their arms after ironing with them.
Judith

edenhills said...

I have to agree that I'm grateful for the many modern conveniences we have today. I love the character of the irons in your pictures.

Al said...

Very cool - I wouldn't want to iron my clothes with anything like that!

Gillian Olson said...

I have seen these before, I remember my mother using them long ago too. They are darned heavy things, I'll take the modern iron or better still permenant press.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

You mean they weren't always door stops? :) That's what I use one for and I can't imagine ever ironing with it! I love our modern conveniences.

Judie said...

Hahaha! I love Betty's comment!! The photos of the irons are soooo cool, er, I mean HOT!

Randy said...

What a great collection.

Pondside said...

I have my husband's mother's iron, and his grandmother's too. I also have the super-duper modern gas powered iron - scary! When I look at them and think of the labour involved in ironing with them I am in awe.

anitamombanita said...

I hate ironing. I don' t know why...it just seems tedious. Maybe because as a kid I got to iron the linens (who does THAT anymore?!). BUT, I love the irons in your photos. What a cool collection!

Rebecca said...

Wow, that is quite the collection. I have a few that I use as decor. I am always grateful that I can just plug mine in.

Riet said...

That is a beautul collection of old irons. I remember those.

Sue said...

These old irons are just so cool to see. And I love the photo quality, too.

=)

NixBlog said...

Nice shots of these old irons. I agree about the good old days not being so good...

jeannette said...

Not that I remember them, but I have one at my house as a decoration - yes, it's heavy:)

jewaicious said...

What wonderful compositions, with lovely tones and textures....so nostalgic.

La Principessa Errante said...

Love the irons, love the shots. My grandmother too used one or two of those, I don't even own an iron. I have a steamer and that does it!

Wonderful, wonderful photos.

Cezar and Léia said...

I really like these iron pieces!
And the splash in the previous post is really impressive!
God bless you!
Cezar

Cheryl said...

Great shots!

My grandmother was born in 1913 and I used to wonder about her slamming ironing technique. She put her full weight into each thrust. Looking at these shots, the light finally dawns.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Ironing is not an activity I enjoy! That being said, when I was a young child my mother bought me my fist antique. It was an iron!
Your photos are awesome!

Esther Joy said...

Where on earth did you find all these irons to take these fabulous pictures?

Jenny said...

Wow. What an amazing collection!

I loved all of these. I used to collect a few but nothing as neat as those. And those ironing boards were really neat, too!

Thanks for a fabulous link for the letter "I".

A+

Zosia said...

A lovely collection. I've never seen one with ripple sheets turned upwards (the first on the right in the first photo).

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