Electric Flatiron

Electric flatiron with steam function. Chrome-plated metal body, pointed, matte soleplate. Streamlined, oval shape. Molded plastic handle has flared back, with power cord attached on right side of handle. Heat control dial built into top of body, molded plastic dial. Cap on top of body opens to allow water to fill cavity for steam. On off switch on top of body, rubber tip. Bent metal heel rest at back. Woven fabric power cord, gold, with brown molded plastic plug, two-pronged. Chrome-plated metal plate attached at back of handle, embossed: “KM/STEEM-R-DR/ICAT NO 20-520/V115 ACW 1150/KNAPP-MONARCH CO./ST. LOUIS,U.S.A”; Hoover collection number stamped on right side of soleplate: “25113”
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 25113/Rec’d. 11/23/48/Model D/”HISTORICAL MODEL”.
Maker is the Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, founded in 1925 as A.S. Knapp and Company, not as a manufacturer, but to sell products. The company merged with manufacturer Monarch Company of Webster City, Iowa, in 1928. In 1969 the company was acquired by the Hoover Company.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1940
Knapp-Monarch Co.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 5 5/8 in x 5 1/4 in x 8 7/8 in; 14.2875 cm x 13.335 cm x 22.5425 cm
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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