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Remember the old sadirons whose heat you judged by the ferocity of the sizzle? Equipment needed for those days of ironing drudgery included- a strong right arm, a gaily colored calico holder to protect your hand from the hot handle, yesterday's newspaper for a stand, and a piece of wax to keep the bottom of the iron smooth. Then there was the big, heavy ironing board- one end resting on the kitchen table and the other on a stool on which perhaps the cookie box was set and maybe an old encyclopedia to give the necessary height.
Younkin, Ida Ruth
"Glad-irons Replace Sad-irons,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 16
, Article 9.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol16/iss8/9