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Twenty-four families at Owatonna, Minnesota founded this group in 1984 as the Midwest Sad Iron Collectors Club. It was renamed PITCA in 2008.

PITCA members hail from the United States and around the world. Some participate exclusively online while others enjoy Internet networking plus traveling to PITCA-sponsored regional meetings, auctions, and the Annual Convention held in the Midwest.

There are many benefits of a PITCA membership! Whether you're a novice, intermediate or expert collector, as a PITCA member you can explore the many aspects of collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching and promoting irons, trivets, and other laundry collectibles. Benefits & Application

Featured Image:  Thirty-six PITCA members met in Denfield, Ontario on May 26th for the 2024 Spring Northeast Get-Together!

Kevin Talks Irons

View the entire Index of Full Length Videos and Shorts under the Spotlight tab. There are now 83 full-length Videos and 25 one-minute Shorts!

Pressing News Journal, published quarterly

PITCA membership includes a subscription to the Pressing News Journal, published quarterly in September, December, March & June. 

Besides club & member news and information on upcoming auctions & events, each issue features several informative articles complete with full color photographs.

Articles in the June 2024 issue include:

  • PITCA Gatherings: Zoom & Spring Meeting
  • Ten Years Of Pressing News
  • A Concise History of Early Electric Irons In The United States
  • Early Generations Of American Electric Irons
  • American Electrical Heater Co.
  • Pacific Electric Heating Co.
  • General Electric
  • Westinghouse
  • Landers, Frary & Clark
  • Simplex Electric Heating Co.

Click Here to view an excerpt of a past issue!

Politzer Reference Books For Sale

Do you collect little irons and trivets? Limited copies of Tuesday's Children and Early Tuesday Morning remain. To purchase, visit the PITCA Store.

Two Auctions & the PITCA Convention

The annual PITCA Auction, this year presented by Hartzell's Auction Gallery, is traditionally held prior to the Annual Convention. In 2024 there will be TWO auctions: one featuring miniature irons followed by another featuring full sized examples. The LiveAuctioneer auction links are provided below. Note: Both auctions are open to the public.
 The PITCA Convention will follow on Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13.
  • This is a members-only event. 
  • All activities will be held at the Sauder Heritage Inn in Archbold, Ohio.
  • Join PITCA and attend the annual Convention in Ohio!

Members Only Updates ✽ JUNE

1. The next ZOOM Gathering will be Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 to 4:00 pm EDT. You'll find the Link under Announcements/Zoom

2. The June Edition of the Pressing News is available for viewing online at Pressing News

3. Finalize Your Convention Plans ASAP!

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PITCA Officers ✽ 2023 - 2024

  • Sheila Preston ~ President
  • Jerry Marcus ~ Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jay Raymond ~ Editor, Pressing News
  • Bill Miller ~ Librarian
  • Lynn Rosack ~ Webmaster

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