Electric Flatiron

Electric flatiron. Chrome-plated metal body, pointed, matte soleplate. Front tip of soleplate is hinged, tips upward to facilitate ironing pleats or ruffles. Streamlined shape, handle and upper portion of body are one piece of molded plastic, handle has flared front, molded streamlines, with power cord attached on back of handle (rotates to either side to accommodate left or right-handed users). Heat control dial built into underside of handle. Woven fabric power cord, black and gold, with black molded plastic plug, two-pronged. Top of body has printed sticker adhered, green and yellow: “TIP TOE/BY YALE TRADE MARK”; left side of soleplate is stamped with the Hoover collection number: “25080”; underside of extended heel rest is stamped/engraved: “TIP—TOE/REG. U.S. PAT. OFF./VOLTS 110-120 WATTS-1000 FOR A-C ONLY/NO. D/ PAT. NO. 2,065,366/OTHER PAT. PEND./THE YALE & TOWNE MFG. CO. BUFFALO, N.Y. U.S.A.”
2,065,366: December 22, 1936, Frederick W. Eichorn, assignor to Pres-Toe Flatiron Corporation, New York, for “Electric iron”
This model, “TIP-TOE” was introduced in 1946, two years later the iron was acquired by the McGraw-Edison Company.
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. It is noted: “Hoover Company Collection tag Sample 25080/Rec’d. 3/11/47/Model D/”HISTORICAL MODEL”.
Maker is the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, Buffalo, New York.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1946
Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
average spatial: 12.3 cm x 11.8 cm x 24 cm; 4 13/16 in x 4 5/8 in x 9 7/16 in
overall: 4 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.3825 cm x 11.43 cm x 24.13 cm
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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