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Post# 945739   6/28/2017 at 14:08 (297 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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Never seen this style before !!!

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Post# 945756 , Reply# 1   6/28/2017 at 18:01 (297 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
But I have

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Well I would, wouldn't I? *LOL*

Called the Duofold, the ironer was Ironrites answer to space challenged households.

Instead of that huge cabinet model taking up valuable space in a kitchen or laundry room, the Duofold could be built into cabinets. When needed you just unfolded the thing and go on with ironing. When that was all over you reversed the process to put the ironer away. Close the cabinet and now you had a nice clean "minimalist" kitchen or laundry area. Bettina from Ab Fab would love it!

This folding/cabinet ironer came before (IIRC) Ironrite came out with the smaller folding ironer that was on casters, and perhaps the ones with cabinets designed to look like furniture.

Ironrite and other ironers had a huge problem in that not every housewife had nor necessarily wanted to surrender real estate to those enameled behemoths in their kitchens or laundry rooms. Castors or not, enameled work surfaces or not; the things were big and took up space. Something not everyone had especially during the housing shortages of 1940's and 1950's.

In the post war years even as the building boom was in full flow, starter homes for returning GIs and whoever often were smaller than other suburban homes that came before. Those Levittown style places gave people their first shot at homeownership, but quarters could be cramped.

Keep in mind as often pointed out by others and myself despite what many may think ironers were *NOT* a huge seller for appliance companies. Often a housewife would have been thrilled with a new washing machine and perhaps dryer. But dealers usually did things like package pricing to move ironers because people really didn't want them.

Proof of this lies in how many ironers can be found today in barely used condition. Most suffer only from the ravages of being left sat sitting in moist/damp environments such as basements or out on porches, than actual use.

Keeping the above in mind Ironite and other makers of mangles constantly were looking for ways to make the things more popular. This included dealing with the heft and space issues.

This post was last edited 06/28/2017 at 19:44
Post# 945825 , Reply# 2   6/29/2017 at 06:19 (297 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It matched top loading washers and dishwashers only guess what surprise was under lid number 3!

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