Electric Flatiron

Chrome-plated electric flatiron (A), dry, no steam function, with base (B).
(A)Triangular-shaped soleplate, curved, streamlined body. Horizontal handle, curved and molded black bakelite, flared at back. Fabric gauge is on top of body, molded plastic knob, burgundy. Attached metal plate on body is printed in black sans serif: “EUREKA/CORDLESS/AUTOMATIC/DETROIT” with red stars. Right side of soleplate is stamped: “25054”
(B)Curved, triangular-shaped base, iron (A) sits on top, heats. Metal with plastic edge. Heat control stamped into back, with molded plastic knob, black. Power cord attaches to back, fabric cord, metal coil, brown and white cord, with black plastic plug, two-pronged. Top of base is stamped/engraved: "EUREKA AUTOMATIC/CORDLESS IRON/MADE IN U.S.A./EUREKA VACUUM CLEANER CO./DETROIT, MICH./115 VOLTS 1300 WATTS AC ONLY/MODEL NO. 150-A”. Attached sticker on underside of base, white, printed black “MANUFACTURED UNDER ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING LETTERS PATENT: [MISSING],888 – 2,181,042 – 2,202,440 – [MISSING]4,132”.
US 2151888 A, March 28, 1939, Ralph H. Beach, for “Electric iron”
2,181,042, November 21, 1939, Ralph H. Beach, for “Electric heating device”
2,202,440, May 28, 1940, Ralph H. Beach, for “Electrical switching means”
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 25054/Rec’d. 8/26/46/Model 150-A/”HISTORICAL MODEL”
The Hoover number is stamped on the right side of the soleplate (25054).
Maker is Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1909-present. In 1954, the company merged with Williams Oil-O-Matic, of Bloomington, Illinois (founded 1918), and became the Eureka-Williams Corporation. The company merged with the National Union Electric Corporation in 1960.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1946
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
average spatial: 16.8 cm x 12.5 cm x 33 cm; 6 5/8 in x 4 15/16 in x 13 in
overall: 5 7/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 10 3/8 in; 14.9225 cm x 12.065 cm x 26.3525 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
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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