Electric Travel Iron

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Electric travel flatiron, dry, no steam function, chrome-plated. Thin, triangular-shaped soleplate, curved sides, thin body. Horizontal handle, wire with shaped wooden grip, stained brown. Handle folds down for travel, hook above heel catches to hold in place during use. Fabric guide and temperature control knob on top of body, black molded plastic knob, fabric guide engraved/stamped into body: "RAY*SILK*WOOL*COTT*LINEN/OFF". Power cord attaches above heel, fabric cord, black, red, and white, with rubber/bakelite plugs, two-pronged. Plug is embossed: "GLADE-CHICAGO/NO 11/PAT'S PEND." Metal panel extended behind heel, stamped/engraved: "DURABILT/PAT. 2,086,240 PAT. 2,045,284/FULLY AUTOMATIC FOLDING IRON/A.C. ONLY 115 VOLT PAT. 2,119,964 CAT. 191 750 WATT/MADE BY THE WINSTED HDW. MFG. CO. WINSTED, CONN. U.S.A.". Hoover collection number is stamped on right side of soleplate: "25041".
2,086,240: July 6, 1937, Ludwig Reichold, for "Thermostatic electric heating appliance"
2,045,284: June 23, 1936, E. D. Perry, assignor to the Beardsley & Wolcott Manufacturing Company, for "Electric sadiron"
2,119,964: June 7, 1938, Ludwig Reichold, The Winsted Hardware Manufacturing Company, for " Electric sadiron"
This iron is from the Hoover Company Sample collection, North Canton, Ohio, including samples by Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis (Missouri), which was bought by Hoover in 1969. The catalogue card also notes the Hoover Company collection tag read: "Sample No. 25041/Rec'd. 04/18/46/Model 191/HISTORICAL MODEL"
This was the first folding travel iron, introduced in 1937.
Maker is the Winsted Hardware Company, Winsted, Connecticut., later acquired by Waring Products.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1938
place made
United States: Connecticut, Winsted
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
fabric (cord material)
plastic (plug material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 4 in x 7 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 10.16 cm x 19.3675 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
Daily Life
Household Tools and Equipment
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


"My mother, Anne Newill, at 97 still keeps her folding travel iron that she got during WWII when she traveled by train all over the country, following my father who was in the Army. She needed the iron not only for her own clothes but also to iron my father's uniforms. For starch, she used the water from potatoes. She took the train from NJ to Washington state to marry him, then to California, then to Louisiana to be near his Army camps, on trains that were sometimes too crowded to find a seat, with her iron in her bag. When he went to France, she took the train home to NJ. This is truly a traveling iron!"

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