Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sepia Saturday #319: The Joy of Ironing


Then the epoch has appeared which may be properly styled the "Happy" or "Golden Age". For many cares and sorrows will be removed at once. The conscientious housekeeper, for instance, whose domestic duties often exhaust her bodily strength, will find her burdens greatly lightened. She has no more to suffer from the intolerable heat of her cooking-stove......In like manner the electric flat-iron will smoothen her linen without fatiguing her. But not only the lady of the house will rejoice; also the poor, hen-pecked husband will be in transports of delight, as it will make his path easier in many ways. The constant complaints he was hitherto obliged to endure, will grow mute forever...
Johanna S. Wisthaler, By Water to the Columbian Exposition, 1894


The ladies engrossed in their ironing brought to mind the one photo I have of myself as a child engaged in some sort of domestic activity. Even at that young age, I knew was something missing....







Where did I go wrong and miss the boat? Could I have grown up to be Joy Mangano? Joy saw the design deficiencies with mops and made a better one. And made a fortune.



Here's a trailer for the recent movie about Joy-more than just mops.


If Joy put her fine brain to work on the challenge of making ironing easier, I'm sure she could come up with improvements....well, actually she did, with her version of the steamer but I found these devices unsatisfactory because all they do is take out the "easy wrinkles", the ones I remove the lazy way by hanging the clothing in the bathroom. Steaming won't make a collar look good, or put a crease down a shirt sleeve, or down a pair of pants.

Maybe these robotic machines will do better, although they'd take up a lot of room in the closet.


IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Learning
This one would be the talk of the neighborhood. It's a German invention which blows air into the clothing to dry and iron it. Sells for 850 pounds in England. My cats would hate it!

Tubie - dries and irons a shirt in 7 minutes.


I suggest science/designers/ inventors should forget about improving the ironing process and instead, concentrate on creating totally wrinkle-free fabrics. I for one will only be satisfied when the iron is but a faint quaint memory like the buggy whip! Goodbye and good riddance. 



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12 comments:

  1. I simply don't buy anything that has to be ironed anymore. If it doesn't come out of the dryer wrinkle-free, it's not in this house. Oh, once in a rare while I have to smooth a couple of things - like tablecloths that have been folded up in a drawer too long. Mostly I use placemats, however, so the table cloths don't come out all that often. As for clothes, the only time I need to iron them is if I'm sewing or mending & need to iron in a hem or the like.

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  2. I agree entirely; I hate irons and ironing and will go to great lengths to avoid it. Thank you for showing some somewhat alarming contraptions.

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  3. Those are amazing ways to "not iron." I agree, just avoid the things which need ironing from the store. Mine is used the same as yours, touchups!

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    1. If I buy something that creases up badly out of the dryer, I pack it up for the Goodwill. If I don't it will simply sit in the closet creased forever.

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  4. I still have an iron, but I haven't used it for quite a few years.

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  5. The robots are not good enough, they need big time improvements! imagine the time you need to set them up; I like linen and cotton, and they are prone to like an iron.

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    1. I'd like a steam chamber you just hang something it. It wouldn't have to be big, maybe the same size as the ironing board closet.

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  6. I was most fond of the tubies. Good thoughts and pics for the day!!

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    1. I like the tubies too. Talk about over-engineering!

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    2. Those are some interesting designs. Love the cartoon.

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  7. I must be suffering from some disease as I just love freshly ironed clothes, even though it mostly means taking something out of the pile just when needed. Even the most expensive of carefully suspended drip dries need a touch up so that I don't look like something the cat dragged home !

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  8. I saw this movie, it was quite interesting just how hard she had to work to get where she is today. We have so many products at my work (that we use) and sell there!

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