American Beauty Electric Flatiron

Description
Chrome-plated electric flatiron. Triangular-shaped soleplate, curved, streamlined body. Horizontal handle, black bakelite and clear red plastic. Fabric gauge and temperature control knob on top of body, black molded bakelite knob. Back of handle is debossed in serif font: “American/Beauty”. Power cord attaches to back of handle, fabric cord, brown, red, and yellow, with brown plastic plug, two-pronged. Extended heel rest, stamped/engraved: "AMERICAN BEAUTY/CA. NO. 79AB. VOLTS 110-120 WATTS1000/A.C. ONLY/AMERICAN ELECTRICAL HEATER CO./DETROIT, U.S.A./PAT. NO’S./DES.121163/”121164/RE.22048/1916671/PAT. NO’S./2256147/2270376/2300230/
2328452/TO REMOVE/CONTROL LEVER OR TERM. BOX COVER/PRY OFF/8412”.
Patents:
DES.121163, June 25, 1940, Frank Kuhn, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Laurence H. Thomas, assignors to American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Design for a laundry iron”
DES. 121164, June 25, 1940, Frank Kuhn, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Laurence H. Thomas, assignors to American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Design for a handle for laundry iron or the like”
RE.22048, March 10, 1942, Frank Kuhn, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Laurence H. Thomas, assignors to American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Electric iron”
1916671, July 4, 1933, Charles A. Hanser, Erwin A. Lockwood, assignors to American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Thermostat”
2256147, Sept. 16, 1941, Frank Kuhn, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Laurence H. Thomas, assignors to American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Handle”
2270376, could not locate, difficult to read on iron. Research needed.
2300230, Oct. 27, 1942, Frank Kuhn and Laurence H. Thomas, assignors to American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Thermometer unit for electric irons”
2328452, could not locate, research needed.
Model 79AB was produced from 1947-1956, per a phone conversation with the manufacturer. The first of the “American Beauty” model irons was introduced in 1912 (see 1988.3012.08). In 1930, the company introduced the automatic thermostat model.
Maker is American Electric Heater Company, circa 1890-present.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron, electric
date made
1947-1956
maker
American Electrical Heater Co.
Physical Description
chrome-plated steel (overall material)
bakelite (overall material)
fabric (cord material)
Measurements
overall: 4 7/8 in x 4 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in; 12.3825 cm x 11.7475 cm x 23.495 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
ID Number
1987.0673.1
accession number
1987.0673
catalog number
1987.0673.01
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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