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Early 1900's Electric Irons

Irons were among the first household items to "go electric."  The electric iron was patented by H.W. Seely in 1882.  During the early 1900's General Electric began developing the electric iron and in 1903 it introduced the first electric iron with a detachable cord.  In 1910 GE also introduced the first electric iron made with a stamped, nickel-plated steel shell in place of the previsouly used cast iron.  In 1923, 15% of home electricity was used for ironing.  In 1921 GE marketed an electric iron that contained an imbedded heating element.  In 1927 electric irons appear with an adjustable temperature.  Steam irons are introduced into the market in 1937 and 1965 GE marketed the steam iron with a Teflon-coated sole plate.

Sales Volume of Irons
Year
Units
$ Volume
Price
1922
3,300,000
20,000,000
6
1930
2,362,500
10,867,000
5
1932
1,858,400
7,161,900
4
1940
5,171,000
18,853,500
4
1950
7,475,000
101,188,500
14
1960
6,410,000
91,678,000
14
1965
9,860,000
139,854,000
14
1970
9,275,000
159,210,000
17
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