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Iron - Steam or Dry

From the Collection of Kiewa Valley Historical Society Mount Beauty Information Centre 31 Bogong High Plains Rd Mt Beauty Victoria

Description
Electric iron with long cord attached at the side toward the back. Iron shape is of an oblong with pointy front.
When laid down, the black handle is at the top with a red button centre front (to choose between steam and dry). Under the handle is the 'turntable' (used to select type of material/heat). At the front of the black is an outlet for the steam.
Beneath the black section is the metal shiny cover and solid base.
Size
145mm side x 255 mm long x 150 mm high (approx)
Object Registration
KVHS 1191 (A)
Keywords
electric appliances; steam iron; electric iron; laundry; ron white; kiewa hydro electric scheme; hoover industries.
Historical information
The Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme (KHES) produced electricity for the people living in the Kiewa Valley and beyond to many parts of Victoria. The people and their families working on the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme were encouraged by their employer the State Electricity Commission of Victoria to purchase and use electrical appliances. The iron was popular as it was quick and easy compared to those used previously.
This iron belonged to Ron White who was a senior member of staff during the construction and operation of the KHES.
When Made
Model No.
Significance
This iron was owned by Ron White. Ron was appointed Area Operations Engineer at Kiewa in June 1956. He was later appointed as General Superintendent and then in 1974 appointed to principal Hydro Engineer of the recently titled Hydro Division.
Inscriptions & Markings
Dial (turntable) - centre red with 'Hoover' and red section on outside with 'steam'. To the left of 'steam' is 'High, Linen, Cotton, Wool'. To the right of 'steam' is 'silk, rayon, nylon'.
On the handle at the front "Hoover" in gold.
Last updated
5 Mar 2020 at 6:02PM