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#144488 - 12/02/05 05:17 PM Domestic Electrical Machines
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OK,
Here we go.
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To start the new thread, what better item than the ubiquitous electric iron? I have a theory that once the basic design of a mass market product settles down and the crackpot ideas go to the wall, we are left with a form which can last unchanged for decades, and the electric iron is no exception.
Here's Hotpoint's iron from 80 [ ! ] years ago, clearly based on the traditional cast flat-iron heated by gas or coals. Note that the marketing boys have already started to invent 'trade' names, ("Calrod" = element), to brand their product.
A contemporary eminent electrical engineer comments so. -
".....excellent utensils, but clearly retaining weaknesses. The flexible lead undergoes great wear and tear, which sooner or later causes trouble. Even though the electric irons are generally provided with a stand, people continue to leave them flat and omit to switch off; ...leading to raised temperatures and charring.....many fires have been started this way. Recent designs provide a thermal cut-out, although it is too early to to obtain a definite opinion on [its] reliability. ...the great majority of electric irons in present use are plugged into lighting points."
What's the latest 'iron-age' technology?

Alan

Thanks for that Alan!.
BTW I'll post that pic you sent me of the iron, once I work out how to get that image out of the PDF file.

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#144489 - 12/09/05 09:51 AM Re: Domestic Electrical Machines
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Here is the picture of the iron that Alan sent me:




And also another one from Alan:
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Electric Range cookers c. 1926. Familiar, aren't they? What goes round....




Thanks Alan and sorry about the delay in posting these pics.
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#144490 - 12/10/05 03:17 PM Re: Domestic Electrical Machines
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Oops,
Sorry Chipmunk.
In my efforts to clean this thread up, I've managed to delete you post.
Sorry mate, any chance of a re-post?.

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