Chapter: What We Can't Live Without

Vintage Coal Iron

"From hot coal to crisp pleats"
1920s coal iron, hollow interior held smoldering charcoal, side air-vents Coal Iron


The coal iron is the ancestor of the modern electric iron, but with a hollow interior that could hold smoldering charcoal which kept the iron hot. This iron belonged to Mrs. Mary Gemesi, an early pioneer who brought the iron with her from Hungary in 1928.