Hoover iron

Hoover iron
Case number - AIBDC : 0_1962
A Hoover steam iron, with a control switch at the front of the full width handle and a very large heat selection dial. It is suggested that this model was the first UK produced steam iron.
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DesignerUnknown - Wanted
ManufacturerHoover
CountryUK
Date1953 (circa)
Dimensionsheight 130 mm, width 115 mm, length mm
Materialsplastic, bakelite - generic term, PF, phenol formaldehyde
Methodcompression moulded
Colourssilver, brown
Inscription"Model 0114 R. 978596" (heal)
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29/09/14

Hoover iron AIBDC : 0_1962 Such a familiar product to people of a certain age. A wonderful marriage of steel and phenol formaldehyde. May be someone in your family worked at Hoover in the 1950s and can tell us what the set up there was then? We especially want to know who designed this iron but we would interested in anything else you can tell us about it. Check out what is happening in the case on the 10 Most Wanted website: http://10most.org.uk/artefact/hoover-iron.

01/10/14

The Hoover model 0114 steam or dry iron introduced steam ironing to Britain when this model was launched in July 1953. See -http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/images/I051/10319458.aspx It was manufactured in a dedicated production plant on an industrial estate in High Wycombe, See - http://objectwiki.sciencemuseum.org.uk/wiki/Hoover_Steam_Iron.html For everything you will ever need to know about this iron – except who actually designed it, see - http://homepages.lboro.ac.uk/~cdget/1945-59/hooversteamiron.htm

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Hoover iron: Case AIBDC : 0_1962

Such a familiar product to people of a certain age. A wonderful marriage of steel and phenol formaldehyde. May be someone in your family worked at Hoover in the 1950s and can tell us what the set up there was then? We especially want to know who designed this iron but we would interested in anything else you can tell us about it.