See more objects with the tag interior, domestic, streamlined, home, children, metal, toys, laundry.

See more objects with the color sienna rosybrown maroon dimgrey darkslategrey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

1950

  • Work on this object began.

1960

  • Work on this object ended.

1993

  • We acquired this object.

2012

2015

2021

  • You found it!

Sunny Suzy Child's Iron

This is a Child's iron. It was manufactured by Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co.. It is dated ca. 1955 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is cast metal, painted metal and wood, fabric (cord). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Gender roles were pervasive in the 1950s, even reaching children through their toys. In the 1920s, the Wolverine Supply and Manufacturing Company produced the popular “Sunny Andy” and “Sunny Suzy” toy lines, for boys and girls, respectively, expanding the latter in the 1950s to include a “Rite Hite” kitchen set so that young girls could cook like their mothers did. The set featured a Frigidaire range and refrigerator, miniature Bissel vacuum cleaner, and an ironing set, among other items.

This object was donated by Carole Krohn. It is credited Gift of Carole Krohn.

  • Silver Streak Iron, ca. 1946
  • molded and emulsion-painted pyrex glass, cast and nickel-plated steel, molded....
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2015-5-12
  • Travel Iron (Denmark)
  • cast metal, molded plastic, fabric (cord).
  • Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1998-9-1

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Flashlight (USA)
  • chrome-plated metal, plastic.
  • Gift of Barbara and Max Pine.
  • 1993-133-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 8.8 x 16.5 x 8 cm (3 7/16 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Sunny Suzy Child's Iron; Manufactured by Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co. ; USA; cast metal, painted metal and wood, fabric (cord); H x W x D: 8.8 x 16.5 x 8 cm (3 7/16 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.); Gift of Carole Krohn; 1993-126-7

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643573/ |title=Sunny Suzy Child's Iron |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=4 December 2021 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>