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Mar 11, 2018

What An Iron

This is a Coleman's Model 4-A iron which was popular because of the "BLUE" handle. The irons were made by the Coleman company in Wichita, Kansas from 1929 - 1948. The one above belonged to my grandmother. The little container on the back of the iron held "white gas" or alcohol or Coleman gas. You would need to light the iron using a match and then adjust to flame.
Watch the video to see why I will "never" attempt to light mine.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I've never seen an iron like that. I kept expecting it to blow up. It sure is a dangerous gizmo.
xx, Carol

Gene Black said...

Ha ha...that certainly shows the improvements we have lived to see. I will keep my electric iron, thank you.

Joyce Carter said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I have never seen anything like that, but it is such an awesome piece.I love the color. It is a beautiful piece to keep around for decorating, but there is no way on earth I would strike a match to it. I can just see it exploding in my face. I really love it though. I am glad things have changed since your grandmothers' time.

Quilting Nonnie said...

Omigosh! That's a scary appliance. It reminds me of the scene in Little Women where the girls are preparing to go to Laurie's party. They were using a curling iron that heated in the fire and Jo ended up frying one of her sister's hair!

I kept wanting to see the iron in use in that video. I expected fabric that would ironed to a crisp!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Scary! I'd be terrified it would blow up in my hands. So glad we've progressed beyond that.

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