Collections

United States

Information on collectors and collections in the United States can be found throughout our website. Here are a few.

Irons/Overview 

Colorado: Lee Maxwell's Washing Machine Museum

Minnesota: Arnie Stein's Iron Museum, Morris, MN

Pennsylvania & New Jersey: 2015 Pre-International Congress Tour.

International

England: The Horniman Museum & Gardens in London has a wonderful collection of Mangle Boards.

Germany: Website of Marie - Luise and Günter Zimmer where they display their collections of Irons, Trivets and Ceramic figurines. Click on the UK flag in the upper right to translate text to English.

Germany: The Suttka Family Website shares over 1350 sad irons, trivets and other items.

Romania: PITCA member Ion Chirescu established the Museum of Romanian Records in Bucharest. This museum houses the world’s largest collections of corkscrews, pressing irons, and trivets. Check out the information at his website. A wonderful video, showcasing some of his rare and beautiful irons, can be found at the tab Spotlight/Videos.

Romania: PITCA member Razvan Lesevschi recently exhibited his antique pressing irons at several venues in Romania. He has over 150 irons in his collection. See the Photo Album: Razvan Lesevschi Exhibit, March 2018

Spain: Pierre Lachnowicz maintains a dynamic website featuring his collection: ColeccionDePlanchasAntiquas. He also exhibits 2,000 ironing related artifacts in the building of the Ancient Sugar Mill of Torre del Mar. His video tour through his museum can be found at the tab Spotlight/Videos. PS: See this amazing collection during the 2021 International Iron Convention at Torre del Mar, near Malaga on the Costa del Sol, Spain.

Donating A Collection * Maureen Post

The information in the article 7 Best Practices for Gifting Art to Museums applies to valuable antiques and collectibles as well, and provides valuable pointers; here's a summary of that article.

One of our PITCA members, Maureen Post, donated her pressing iron collection to a university museum. Here is her story.  

Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects

Exhibited September 13, 2014 – November 8, 2014 at the University Museum, Sutton Hall located at Indiana University of Pennsylvania located in Indiana, PA.

The Collection of Maureen Post

Reprint of article in IUP Magazine

About 25 years ago, Maureen Flaherty Post ’63 had one collectible iron—a flat iron (a doorstop in many homes). One thing led to another: She received a gift of six assorted irons from one of her eight sisters. She began looking for irons and iron-related objects at flea markets and antique shops, then researched their use and history. She got involved in a professional guild, the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. Eventually, her collection grew to around 1,000 pieces, all of them accompanying her as she moved from New Jersey to North Carolina in 2009.

After talking with her sister Susan, an attorney, Post decided to donate her collection for educational purposes and approached her alma mater, IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). The University Museum accepted. Post spent more than a year inventorying the collection and packaging it (in 60 boxes) for transport to IUP. This fall, more than 200 pieces were on display in the University Museum for the exhibit Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects.

A native of Turtle Creek, Post majored in home economics at IUP and worked in education for about 50 years, mainly in schools for students with disabilities. Even as a vice principal, she kept an iron, ironing board, and two sewing machines in her office, and many students—mostly boys, she said—would make use of the equipment to fix their clothes. Post also has a master’s degree from Georgian Court College in New Jersey.