Cleaning the Basement, Irony, Bad Puns, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

My adventures of late have been brave expeditions to the depths — of the basement.  It’s hard to imagine why I had these irons. Was I concerned about keeping my clothes pressed after the revolution, or maybe after the ‘pulse’?

This is a gas iron. Can you imagine?

A gas powered iron.

What can I say? I used to like to buy weird, um, stuff in flea markets.

I found some pictures of this ‘Diamond’ gas iron that indicate it was sold in the 1930’s. That surprised me. I would have guessed it was older.

Speaking of older —

'Asbestos' sad irons

I don’t know where these came from. Sometimes I think things get into my basement through a warp in the space-time continuum.

Would you recognize them as irons? I checked eBay and I see these are called ‘sad irons’ —   😦    I’m all for good grooming but I’m glad I don’t need to use these. (and by the way, the extras are so you can always have one that’s hot) I have so much respect for women of previous generations.

Flash of guilt: I just remembered, my mother used to iron my clothes for me when I was in school, back in the pre-permanent-press days. Second flash of guilt: I wonder if the treatment used on fabrics now is harmful to the environment? Maybe that’s one more good reason to just wear T-shirts and jeans.

I do have a useable iron. When I cleaned out the cabinet in the laundry room, I even found a spare, so I must have needed them once. These days that’s pretty silly, and so 20th century. I use an iron once a year at most, usually if I’ve unpacked and cleaned up vintage linens, or got out my grandmother’s napkins and table cloth for Dinner Club.

My not-quite modern steam iron

My not-so-new steam iron looks a little like a happy bug in this photo.

I didn’t make it to Dragon Con on Labor Day weekend this year. That may be only the second time this millennium that I’ve missed it. Still I have lots of photos from previous cons, so in honor of this bad pun iron-adventure post, here’s one more iron — Iron Man:

 What do you think of his costume – are you impressed? And what shall I do with my antique irons?

A little more about irons:

http://www.oldandinteresting.com/antique-irons-smoothers-mangles.aspx

http://www.homethingspast.com/asbestos-sad-irons/

And of course, more on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

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17 thoughts on “Cleaning the Basement, Irony, Bad Puns, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

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  2. I’ve seen one of those gas irons a while back in a museum. I honestly don’t know how they operate (call me naive, but my generation don’t use anything like that!), but since they run on gas I would be afraid of fumes around me when I’m ironing. The first iron looks very well maintained, just a bit of rust here and there. Can it still be used? I’m not a fan of ironing clothes, so to keep me motivated ironing I keep thinking this is good exercise for my arm 🙂

    I love that iron costume. It’s iron man! It must be hot to stand in that suit all day long 😉

    • I’d be afraid of the gas iron too (wouldn’t it be explosive?) I guess every generation suffers for art and beauty and well pressed clothes. It makes me wonder what we’re doing now that’ll look very strange in another 75 years or so. As for Iron Man, there are such elaborate and restricting costumes, some I wonder, how do people even get through doorways? I don’t know how they do it — the cosplay folks are definitely suffering for their art.

      • An explosive gas iron? I didn’t think of that, and I can certainly see something disasterous happening: the metal iron can heat up and this can be very hard to control since it has no knobs… I use a steam iron but have never utilised the ‘steam’ feature where you pour water into it.

        Cosplay folks definitely need a round of applause. It can take months to put a costume together.

      • I have used my steam iron, but sometimes to the detriment of what I was ironing (my not so successful foray into silk blouses — (“oooh, look at the pattern of little holes the steam left!”). It’s nice to have for ironing my grandma’s linen napkins once a year though. Now my motto is “just keep it simple” when it comes to fabrics.

      • Now you’ve reminded me, that steam iron or it’s steam function should be used with caution. They don’t iron well or smooth out wrinkles well on some of my shirts. Your poor silk blouses. I hope the hole imprints faded away.

        Though I must say, steam irons are fancy and quite light.

      • Mabel, you are absolutely the best. Meanwhile you’ve reminded me of something too — steam iron …. steam punk? Maybe I’m cooler than I thought. PS, silk blouses are long gone. oh wait, there may be one left that I made after buying fabric in Taipei on a long-ago trip.

      • Steam punk 😀 What a cool phrase. You are very cool, Sandy. Don’t think otherwise! Maybe it’s time you took out that handmade blouse and give it an iron 😉

  3. Who could have imagined a better wedding or anniversary gift (as the ad says) than an Asbestos SAD Iron back in 1906? Surely you have to keep this one at least??!! One other option may be to offer them to historic homes of that period?

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