Iron Trivia at Mama’s Treasures The history of the modern day iron is a fascinating one. Not only is it reflective of scientific progress but it also tells us a lot about marketing history in the mid century.
iron for worldwide use having combination 110/120 volt AC-DC utility introduced by General Electric.
1961 - Westinghouse introduces first steam and dry iron with a single control.
1962 - Sunbeam introduces first spray mist iron.
1963 - First iron designed with snap in replaceable components for do- it- yourself repairs introduced by Proctor Silex in the Lifelong iron.
1965 - First iron with a Teflon coating introduced by general Electric.
1967 - Two spray setting iron and one combining a heel rest and storage compartment introduced by General Electric.
1969 - Sunbeam introduces iron with a trigger controlled shot of steam ejector.
1971 - General Electric introduces an iron designed specifically for home sewers.
1972 - General Electric introduces first self cleaning steam, spray, and dry iron.
I had no idea there were so many different types of irons manufactured over the years and this list doesn’t include all of them. If you’d like to know more about the history of irons, I recommend “The Housewares Story,” Earl Lifshey, 1973, National Housewares Manufacturers Association.
As the owner of Mama’s Treasures I have to admit that I have hated to iron anything since I was a young girl. You won’t find a vintage iron in my shop, but you will find
vintage ironing and laundry aids. At Mama’s Treasures we specialize in Kitchen Collectibles of the 1940s through the 1980s. I am especially fond of laundry sprinklers and detergent boxes. We’re proud of the quality kitchenware we carry and would like you to
come and browse our products. If nothing else, they’re sure to bring back a memory or two. Right now prices have been reduced 15%-40% on over 800 items in the store. So why not take a break, grab some coffee, and take a stroll to a less complicated time at Mama's Treasures.