Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
I am smiling, out of the blue I thought about ‘starch & irons’ today. Yep Irons like ironing clothes. The USMC required creases sharp enough to ‘cut.’ My new wife was not unfamiliar with starch and ironing. That was normal in the 1950s, but not to the extent the USMC enjoyed. She fell in stride and was able to satisfy Sgt. Bell’s inspections. Life was good.
Discharged from the USMC, I FINALLY landed a job with the Charlotte Observer, a local Newspaper. I wasn’t happy and joined the USAF. My girl did not balk (knowing by now she had married a crazy guy) but she said emphatically, “I’m in, where are we going, but wait, if you join I AM NOT DOING UNIFORMS! I am not doing the starching and ironing, you can send them out,”
It did not come to that, the USAF was not as strict as the USMC on uniform inspections. As a matter of fact I cannot remember a uniform inspection in the Air Force.
The steam iron was a miracle, no more hand sprinkling the clothes.
Today I was thinking of the IRON. I bet sales of irons are down. With the new fabrics it is seldom that I see Sherry getting out the old ‘steam iron.’
The first irons I remember were the old solid iron irons. Mama had two or three to do the ironing. They were heated on the cast iron cook stove. As they cooled she put the cooling one back on the stove and picked up a hot one. That continued until all the clothes were ironed.
Sometimes mama ironed the bed sheets, but not all the time. Maybe when she was expecting company she did.
I think the iron has gone the way of the old battery radios.
PS: This is just for us who like to SEE snow and Trains, but appreciate it in pictures. The only ones I questioned is Alabama..