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  • By Carole Meeker
    Apr 8, 2014
    After many years of collecting antique pressing irons---and many, many hours devoted to their research and documentation---Eric Marshall's new book is available for purchase! Quoting from the preface, the book is "In honor of a 19 year old ingenious woman who had a simple yet sophisticated idea that would reduce the hazards of ironing. Her Cold Handle Sad Iron Patents......would revolutionize the iron industry....." The book begins with an overview of the historical background on pressing iron production, and some interesting observations: For all the many types and styles of irons that had pre-dated her invention, it was not until Mary Florence Potts developed the detachable wooden "cold handle" sad iron in 1871 that the centuries-old problem of the "hot handle" was solved. By 1878 the Mrs. Potts-style sad iron was the most popular selling iron in North America. And it continued to be a sensation until well into the 20th century, even in the midst of one... More > of the most hyperactive eras of "better ideas" that produced charcoal irons, natural gas and liquid fuel irons, slug and box irons, and a multitude of other iron designs. The most important thing Mrs. Potts' irons had going for them---that all those others didn't---was that they were simple and safe. The book goes on to picture over 150 previously undocumented Mrs. Potts-style removable handle irons, by numerous manufacturers who took her idea and ran with it. You'll see an amazing array of names marked on the bases as well as all sorts of variations of handle attachment mechanisms, many of creative but dubious design. The layout of the book is very clean. The photographs are crisp and clear, and are interspersed with commentary and antique catalog cuts. This is not a price guide, it's a reference book and an identification manual. As collectors we often think of ourselves as caretakers or stewards of our material past. With this book Eric Marshall has done his part to ensure that Mary Florence Potts will not disappear from the pages of our history.< Less
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Philadelphia PA
March 22, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.98 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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