Hotpoint Electric Flatiron

Description
Electric flatiron. Metal, triangular-shaped body, matte heating soleplate, chrome-plated upper body. Temperature guide on top of body, lines debossed into metal, with “HIGH/LOW” on either side in serif font, debossed. Molded plastic pointer/selector, tiered, circular, pointed, black. Handle comprised of bent metal, attached with screws to body, with molded wooded grip, horizontal, painted silver (paint worn), molded plastic thumb piece, black. Two-pronged power cord attachment above heel rest, cord missing. Heel rest has attached metal plate, printed: “FOR ALTERNATING CURRENT ONLY/GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE)/Hot Point/CALROD/FEATHER WEIGHT/CAT.NO. 119F96 GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. U.S.A./VOLTS 115 WATTS 1000/PAT.1269106 1367341 1539605 1742558 1743073 1795180 RE 16654”.
Patents:
1269106, June 11, 1918, Wynn Meredith, assignor to Hotpoint Electric Heating Company, Ontario, California, for “Thumb-rest”
1367341, February 1, 1921, Charles C. Abbott, assignor to General Electric Company, New York, for “Electric heating unit”
1539605, May 26, 1925, Albert H. Simmons, assignor to Edison Electric Appliance Company, Chicago, Illinois/New York, for “Electric flatiron”
1742558, January 7, 1930, Charles P. Randolph, assignor to Edison Electric Appliance Company, Chicago, Illinois/New York, for “Electric heater”
1743073, January 7, 1930, Albert H. Simmons, assignor to Edison Electric Appliance Company, Chicago, Illinois/New York, for “Temperature-control device”
1795180 , March 3, 1931, Edwin A. Peterson, assignor to Edison Electric Appliance Company, Chicago, Illinois/New York, for “Flatiron"
Maker is General Electric Company, founded in 1878 as Edison Electric Light Company, GE was formed in 1892 by merging the Edison Electric Light Company and Thomson-Houston Company.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron, electric
date made
ca 1931
maker
General Electric Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (grip material)
plastic (thumb piece material)
Measurements
overall: 5 3/8 in x 8 in x 4 1/4 in; 13.6525 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.795 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
1988.3012.07
nonaccession number
1988.3012
catalog number
1988.3012.07
subject
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Edgar Wolf, Jr.
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