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Ironrite Mangle Ironer

"Philip Rowell" (2020-07-04)

1 year agoid="mod_23145">Ironing Is Restful and Relaxing

Until the last forty years or so, BackLink a particularly onerous household chore was ironing. First, irons were heated on stoves, then elctric irons (with no thermostats!) came along followed by the irons in the 1930s with thermostats. They were heavy, still, and required the user to stand. The heat rises, so on a warm day, Tuesday's ironing was a hot, draining chore.

The rotary ironer came along in the 1920s. A roller pressed the dampened cloth against a hot shoe ironing the cloth flat and dry. Ironrite was considered the premier maker of these machines because of their design and quality. One edition of the owner's manual proclaimed that ironing with the Ironrite was restful and relaxing.

Some unique qualities of the Ironrite are the placement of the shoe -- under the roller, the fact that both ends of the roller are open, and, most importantly, its high quality and durability. A law of physics is that heat rises, so it makes sense to have the source of heat under the cloth being ironed. The roller turns toward the user, so the released heat comes from the far side of the roller. In ironing with such a machine, it is convenient to have access to both the left and right side of the shoe, for it to be open. The Ironrite was the only maker to have this feature. Lastly, these machines were so well built (I have seen estimates of how much it would cost today to produce this product, and it was thousands of dollars!) that many have worked for fifty years with nothing more than a changing of the oil in the gearbox and new roller pads and coverings. What other appliance can make such a claim?

Official 1946 Ironrite Color Video Parts 1 and 2

Ironrite Mangle IronerModel 85 -- The Most Common Model

The Official Ironrite Chair -- Comfortable and a Classic Design

Ironrite Natural Gas Back Label

Ironrite Gas Back View

Ironrite Gas Bottom View

Ironrite Gas Control

Ironrite Gas Front View

The Demise of the Automatic IronerThe Ironrites were expensive; in fact all of the Ironrite competitors such as Conlon, General Electirc, Thor, Maytag, Sears, represented a large expense for the buyer. And, these large machines required space. It wouldn't do to put it in a garage, as were many washing machines, because the user wanted to be indoors and comfortable. So the buyers had large enough laundry rooms, and probably not only housewives, but also housekeepers used this machine. It required a coordination of hand and knee movement, and some people just couldn't manage it. Practice was required to learn to use this behemoth. Still, the lure of easily completing this chore was a huge draw. Eventually three things came together to kill the Ironrite Company. The federal government placed an excise tax on these machines, thus raising the price. Secondly, permanent press in clothing was devised, and ironing in general declined. Thirdly, as housewives went to work, dress shirts were sent out. Manufacturing ceased in 1961, but the inventory of new Ironrites lasted into the 1980s when new Ironrites were still available. Even today, new rotary ironers are available from Miele, and used Ironrites can be found in antique stores, garage sales, and on eBay.

Beautify an IronriteIsn't this beautiful? A Hub peruser sent this to me . The art form is called rosemaling, which is a European folk art.

If You Want an IronriteThe mangle model that was most common was 85. The last model was 95, and I think the model 95 is the best. It has a built in light, the best thermostat, and it is newer and in my experience, quieter. What is a reasonable price? I'd say about $50.00 is fair. Most people don't want these machines, and as I said, they do take a lot of room and a little expertise to use. I did learn how to use this machine very well, and I have instruction manuals, too. Contact me if you need some help.


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