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If ironing isn't hard enough work with an electric iron, imagine the days of using cast iron ones which had to be heated on the range !

Coming in a variety of different sizes - and weights - the higher the number the larger the iron. Small ones were used for delicate detailing on dresses such as lace and other trimmings. Manufacturers also made little trivets that could hook onto the side of ranges or hob grates. Other produced standalone ones - often in the shape of an iron.

Wooden ironing boards were used right up until the fifties, with steel being their replacements. Households wouldn't just have a standard sized one but a small sleeve board as well.

Gas irons appeared in the inter-war years but were later replaced by electric ones. Many were finished in chrome, but Morphy Richards produced ones in the pastel shades of the day. By the seventies they came in orange !

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