"Laundry Main" Iron

"Laundry Main" Iron

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Gasoline-powered, double-point iron with globular fount or reservoir and screw-valve at back attached by metal brackets to the contoured, green-painted wooden handle. Body has ignition opening at back left and ventilation slots and holes below deflector and along bottom edge of both sides; red caution tag tied to handle instructs "Use only clean, colorless gasoline". Comes with rectangular asbestos mat, brass pump (to pressurize the reservoir), and a small paper envelope containing a miniature torch with cotton wick (for lighting the burner), double-ended wrench and small black gasket (purpose unknown). All in the original shipping box with address label from Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Philadelphia, PA to W.W. Betts of Williamsport, PA ("CAROL WORNOM" inscribed [in blue ink] above), "FRAGILE" sticker, and five 3-cent Washington stamps (Scott #720) postmarked Philadelphia on top; large concentric circular mark of box manufacturer printed in blue on one side. No marks on iron or its components. Used condition.
This iron is identical to the "Laundry Maid" gas iron marketed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. and manufactured by National Stamping & Electric Works, Chicago, IL; marked examples have a manufacturer and model tag affixed to the base of the handle. Shipping carton made by Brunt & Company of Chicago, IL; exact dates in operation not known, but appears to have been founded in the early to mid 1930s.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1935
place used
United States: Pennsylvania, Williamsport
place shipped
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place iron made; place box made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
United States: Pennsylvania, Williamsport
Physical Description
chrome plate (overall material)
metal, white (reservoir material)
wood (grip material)
paint (grip material)
plastic (screw-valve knob material)
asbestos (heat mat; padding between handle and deflector material)
brass (pump tube, torch tube material)
iron wire (pump handle, torch handle material)
cotton (torch wick material)
steel (wrench material)
rubber (gasket material)
paper (envelope, instructions material)
corrogated fiberboard (shipping box material)
ink (labels, stamps, marks material)
overall, flatiron: 6 3/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 3 in; 16.1925 cm x 23.8125 cm x 7.62 cm
overall, syringe: 1 in x 8 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 2.54 cm x 20.6375 cm x 4.7625 cm
overall, flint: 1/4 in x 4 in x 3/4 in;.635 cm x 10.16 cm x 1.905 cm
overall, wrench: 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 in;.3175 cm x 8.89 cm x 2.54 cm
overall, box: 7 3/8 in x 10 7/8 in x 4 5/8 in; 18.7325 cm x 27.6225 cm x 11.7475 cm
overall, washer: 1/8 in x 5/8 in;.3175 cm x 1.5875 cm
overall, envelope: 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in; 1.27 cm x 10.795 cm x 6.0325 cm
overall, stand: 3/8 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in;.9525 cm x 16.51 cm x 10.4775 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Carol W. Sorensen
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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