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Travel Iron (Denmark), ca. 1950

This is a Travel iron. It is dated ca. 1950 and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is cast metal, molded plastic, fabric (cord). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

A radical interpretation of streamlined design reduced this tiny travel iron’s compact form to its essential elements: a curved plastic full-width palm grip with grooves for the user’s fingertips, above a thick sole plate with simple horizontal metal cooling “fins.” The overall effect is reminiscent of a ship’s hull and projects a sense of forward motion and speed. Made in Denmark, the Mikro is based on the Smoothie, a travel iron first manufactured in 1946 by Lucas Holder & Co., in England.

It is credited Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

  • 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
  • Kord Iron Iron
  • 12 x 23 x 11 cm (4 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 4 5/16 in.).
  • Gift of Carole Krohn.
  • 1993-126-9

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 5.5 x 12 x 5.2 cm (2 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Travel Iron (Denmark), ca. 1950; cast metal, molded plastic, fabric (cord); H x W x D: 5.5 x 12 x 5.2 cm (2 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/16 in.); Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1998-9-1

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