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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Vintage

I don't do much ironing anymore, but I keep an iron on hand for those occasional touch-ups. My iron is still stored in its original box. Its age is unknown, but I found an identical one on the internet with a note that it had been purchased in 1956. So I guess the term "vintage" could accurately describe it.

It's been in our family for its entire life, first belonging to my mom and then to me. In fact, I believe it's the iron that I used when learning the art of ironing, an art that I'm afraid I never quite mastered.

I guess that makes me "vintage," too.

Oh well. It has a nicer ring to it than "old."

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I love the picture of the very slender lady, with a lovely full apron covering her tasteful dress, ironing a pleated skirt of respectable length...and doing it with a smile on her face.

11 comments:

  1. That woman on the box has a waist smaller than Scarlett O'Hara. Unreal.

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  2. I love that you have the original box and that the iron is still in good working order. That part doesn't surprise me. Things were made much better back then. And yes, "vintage" does sound better. ;)

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  3. oh my word! my have irons changed since then! my mom used a few like this one. i NEVER smile when i iron. i detest it worse than cleaning toilets. :)

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  4. Stephen - Good observation. "Unreal" is right!

    Hilary - It's just always been our habit to put the iron back in the box after it cooled. I guess Mom must have trained me that way. And I'm too "vintage" to change now. :)

    Theresa - I don't even know what a new iron would look like. This one serves me well, so I see no need to update. I don't like ironing, but I don't hate it as much as you do...I'd rather iron than clean toilets. :)

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  5. I may have had an iron like that one at one time---at least a similar one.... I am like you. I don't think I have ironed anything in many years. The ironing board is still hanging on the door in the utility room---and to be honest, I'm not even sure where my iron is now!!!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. That's amazing that you still have the iron as well as the box--and in such good condition! I'm afraid ironing is not my thing. If hubby wants starched shirts he takes them to the cleaners. When doing laundry I hang up clothing as soon as it emerges from the dryer and the wrinkles fall out quite nicely. It works for us! I really love that you have preserved this "vintage" household appliance through the years.

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  7. Betsy - I'm so used to this iron that I never even think about how old it is. Doug probably irons more than I do. He doesn't like wrinkles in his clothes. There's a lot to be said for marrying a guy in his forties who has learned how to cook, clean, and iron for himself. I'll bet he wonders sometimes where he went wrong. :)

    Gail - Maybe I'm a little obsessive-compulsive. :) I, too, try to grab the clothes right out of the dryer and hang them up. It ALMOST always works for us.

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  8. I'm pretty sure my Mother had this iron as well. I know I've seen the box around the house when I was growing up. Thanks for the memories.

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    1. George - I wouldn't be surprised if your mother did have this iron. It must be a good one because it's still doing the job for us.

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  9. It's wonderful that you still have the iron, even in its original box, Linda. I throw all these boxes away as soon as I can.

    I iron quite a lot and have no problem with that. Well, I wouldn't like just to stand by an ironing board and iron but I usually watch a movie together with my husband when I'm ironing and that's great, we enjoy that.

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    1. Petra - It sounds as if you've found a way to make ironing half-way enjoyable. Maybe I'll have to try that sometime. :)

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