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Donation of the Month

Gasoline powered iron
Model 4A, 1929-1933
Donor: Roy Guilliams
Ironing clothing has historically been a part of everyday life.  In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Monday was traditionally wash day and Tuesday was ironing day. Even with wrinkle-free fabrics and electric dryers, ironing is still a fact of modern life and almost every home has one.  The iron has changed in form and material over the years as new technology brought the iron from a very hot and heavy primitive non-mechanical apparatus to the cool lightweight sleek electric powered machines of today.
Early flat irons were actually made from iron and usually ranged in weight from five to seven pounds; a few weighed up to fifteen pounds.  These irons had to be heated on a stove and several were used at one time to insure at least one was heating while you used another.  It took some skill to iron as one could not allow the iron to get too hot as to scorch the clothes, but it had to be hot enough to get the wrinkles out. 
Self-heating irons soon appeared using coal, gasoline, and kerosene, which were better but could still be messy and dangerous.  Irons heated with kerosene, alcohol, whale oil or natural gas were an improvement over the charcoal burning irons, which could leave a sooty residue.  Our model manufactured by the Coleman Lamp and Stove Company was advertised as a “genuine instant-lighting iron… quickly ready for use” with the added bonus of an even heating surface.  Every gasoline powered iron contained a canister mounted at the back which held the fuel and was attached to the base of the iron with a valve to keep a steady stream of gas into the heating coils.  This model contains a pretty blue ceramic coating and art deco stylizing.  These improvements while not functional, did allow one to purchase a stylish functional machine that did not need to be hidden when not in use.
Electric irons were a welcome change but took longer to reach rural areas until electricity spread out from cities.  In 1927, a thermostat control was available to adjust the temperature of an electric iron and a couple of decades later, steam electric irons could be found.  Today’s irons have come a long way and each improvement made the task of ironing easier and faster than the previous model.   The iron hasn’t changed much in the last few years and with the advent of better wrinkle free technology in today’s clothing we may have seen the last improvement of the iron.


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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