Maine Memory Network
Maine's Online Museum

Login · My Account · Show Album



Hotpoint standard iron, 1915

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Hotpoint standard iron, 1915

Item 74878 enlarge zoom send e-card Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter add to album

Purchase a reproduction of this item on

Earl H. Richardson, a meter reader in California, spent his spare time experimenting with electrifying flat irons.

He invented this iron after his wife, Mary, suggested he move the hot spot from the center to the front of the iron, making it easier to press around buttonholes, ruffles and pleats.

Richardson produced a number of these versions and loaned several to local women to try for a week; at the end of that time the women were so taken with "the iron with the hot point" that they refused to give them up.

View/Add Comments

Other Information

  • Title: Hotpoint standard iron, 1915
  • Creator: Hotpoint Electric Heating Co.
  • Creation Date: 1915
  • Subject Date: 1915
  • Media: Iron, wood, nickel-plated steel
  • Local Code: 2004.090.0102
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Company collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

Print This Record

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.