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April 18, 2024

Between the cumbersome and hard to handle solid metal clothing irons of the 1800s, that had to be heated in a fire or on a stove, and the modern electric iron with multiple precise setting there was the Coleman Cool Blue Enamel Instant Lite Iron, a gas driven homemaker's tool of the 1930s.

Invented by the Coleman Company to save time and to be used indoors, these irons were sold between 1929 and 1948. They came in cool colors of blue, turquoise, and green. Each iron came with a stand, pump, fuel can, and extra generator.

Homemakers filled their iron's tank with white gas, pumped air in to pres...

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