Snap Stand Speed Iron

Electric flatiron. Metal, triangular-shaped body, chrome-plated. Fabric guide on top of body, “OFF/ART-SILK/SILK/WOOL/COTTON/LINEN” embossed into top, streamlines, circular design. Molded plastic pointer/selector, pointed, black, “PROCTOR” logo embossed into top. Handle comprised of bent metal, with molded cork grip, horizontal, black, molded plastic ends. Power attachment built into bottom of handle, power cord attached. Coiled metal wire, woven fabric cord, black, molded plastic plug, black, two-pronged, interior circuitry is visible. Cooling stand comprised of two bent metal wires, attached at heel rest, which rotate from top of body around to the underside of soleplate. Heel is marked: “PROCTOR/SNAP STAND SPEED IRON/NO 930 AUTOMATIC/USE ON ALTERNATING CURRENT ONLY/1000 WATTS VOLTS 110-120/MADE BY PROCTOR & SHWARTZ ELECTRIC CO./PHILADELPHIA, PA., U.S.A./PATENTS PENDING”. Red paper tag attached to power cord, printed, illegible.
Maker is Proctor & Shwartz Electric Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded in 1885 as the Philadelphia Textile and Machinery Company, now a part of Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc.
An ad from 1935 featuring this iron stated that the dealer would buy your old iron from you for $1.
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron, electric
date made
ca 1935
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
cork (handle material)
plastic (handle material)
fabric (cord material)
plastic (plug material)
overall: 5 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 13.0175 cm x 19.05 cm x 17.145 cm
place made
United States
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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