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In the 1940s and early 1950s my mother used an electric iron, which was a far cry from the old flat irons that she had been used to before she was married, which had to be heated on the kitchen range. Sometime in the 1950s, when it stopped working, she was persuaded to buy a newer version which was thermostated, but as far as I know, her early electric iron wasn't. She had to keep testing it in the time-honoured way of dabbing it with a licked finger and judging its temperature from the sound it made.
It was a very basic iron, just like the one in the photo. Not only was there no thermostat, there was also no mechanism for damping the clothes. So again, my mother had to use the time-honoured way of catching the clothes on the line when they were not quite dry and rolling them up to keep that moisture in.
The flex was coated with rubber.
Electric irons were not plugged into wall sockets, but into the ceiling socket of the light bulb. There were special adapters so that a light bulb could receive power from one side and the iron (or other electrical device) from the other.
I am not sure why this was, but can say that the lead, coming as it did, from high up, kept well out of the way of the iron and the clothes. I understand, though, that there was some trouble with overloading the electric system so that the fuse burnt out.
I only have a vague memory of the ceiling adapter, as later on the irons were fitted with the round pin wall plug that fitted into wall sockets. At that time, no electrical devices were sold with plugs attached. Everyone had to buy plugs separately and fit them themselves.
Ironing boards had wooden frames - not that my mother ever possessed such a thing. Like her mother before her, she used an old blanket, folded to pad it out, with an old sheet on top, on the kitchen table.
My mother used a clothes horse to hang the ironed clothes over. It too had a wooden frame.