1919 Simplex Ironer – Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift…?


This 1919 ad for a rather large household device to do the ironing touts itself as a “never-to-be-forgotten gift”.  I can say without fear of contradiction that that’s exactly true.  She’ll remember it and you’ll remember the beating that she’ll lay on you after you give it to her.

 

1919 Simplex Ironer - You're sure to get a beating.

1919 Simplex Ironer - You're sure to get a beating.

What sort of culture made it appropriate to gift such things? Or perhaps advertisers were just duping the male populous into such misinformed gift giving. Woe to the man that listens. He’s likely to find himself doing his own ironing for a while.

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3 responses to “1919 Simplex Ironer – Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift…?

  1. Wish I coulda taken some of that beating in person at the end.

  2. chaconrafa

    LOL Yes so true!

  3. It’s terrifying to think that whoever wrote that ad may have meant it seriously! And ya know, just looking at that monstrosity, it must have done a sloppy job (because how could you keep a whole shirt smooth while it fed through the “ironer”?) and wound up ironing wrinkles into whatever you fed through it. The housewife’s revenge??

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