Attention Ladies: Anyone Remember Ironing?

Grande Prairie Herald ~ April 11, 1933

Grande Prairie Herald ~ April 11, 1933

People must still iron, because you can still buy irons!  There was a time, not that long ago, when two things were certain: professional men wore suits to work, which involved wearing a shirt (usually white) under the jacket, and women had to iron the shirts.  They were horrible things to iron in the days before what was called “permapress.”  I remember my mother telling me about a friend of hers whose husband was a bank manager.  She got so tired of ironing two or three shirts a week that she came up with a new system.  She ironed the collar and and a bit around it, and the cuffs and a bit up the sleeve, also a bit at the front.  She figured since he never took his jacket off, she would only iron the parts that showed.  I used this idea myself in the days when my husband had to wear a white shirt under a referee’s sweater – not sure how much time and effort it actually saved, but it just felt good to think that somehow I was beating the system.  The newspapers, then as now, carried household hint columns and similar things – one I found was “How to Wash and Iron a Shirt.”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune ~ January 16, 1941

Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune ~ January 16, 1941

Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune ~ January 16, 1941

Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune ~ January 16, 1941