Kevin Talks Irons

 
 

Article: Sad Iron Man: A Maine Geologist featuring Kevin & Kate McCartney. Collector's Weekly, 8/21/2020. 

NEW SERIES ✽ K.T.I. Short Videos

Only have a minute? Enjoy and share these brief videos that introduce different aspects of iron collecting!

#10: Trouser Press Iron

#9: Weird Slug Iron

#8: Quick Meal Sad Iron Heater

#7: Two Early Fuel Irons

#6: The Gem Fluter

#5: Laundry Polishing Iron

#4: Natural Gas Rotating Iron

#3: Liquid Fuel Iron

#2: Barnes' Swan on Swan

#1: Fluting Iron Trade Cards

Kevin Talks Irons ~ The In-Depth Videos

PITCA members Kevin and Kate McCartney live in Caribou, Maine. Together, they are producing a series of videos about iron collecting that can be found at Kevin Talks Irons on YouTube. (Links to each individual video are shared below.)

This series debuted on June 14, 2020 and feature Kevin talking about a wide variety of topics related to antique pressing irons, collecting, antiquing, and a few biographies of the more prominent iron inventors. It is intended to educate and entertain the avid collector, beginning collector, antique shop owner, pickers and novices alike. Each video is a mini lesson on a different topic about irons.

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✽ The Most Recent Videos:

#75: Detachable Sleeve Irons posted in January 2024. An overview of the manufacturers of detachable handled sleeve irons.

#74: Old irons with Animal themes posted on 10/29/23. A quick overview of many varieties of animal designs used in antique irons over the centuries.

 

Video Index by Topic

 

  1. Collecting & Buying: #1, 14, 20, 29, 38, 59, 60, 72
  2. Researching and Patents: #21, 24, 26, 61, 62, 70
  3. Foundries and Inventors: #25, 27, 36, 37, 40, 48, 49, 53, 61, 62, 70, 71, 75
  4. Advertising & Trade Cards: #28, 43, 73; KTIS#1
  5. Flat Irons & Detachable Handle Irons: #2, 3, 9, 27, 48, 49, 51, 56, 66
  6. Slug Irons: #4, 45,51, 56; KTIS#(
  7. Coal & Liquid Fuel Irons #5, 6, 7, 8, 51, 53, 54, 55, 58, 65 
  8. Special Purpose Irons: #10, 11, 12, 19, 22, 51, 68, 75; KTIS#10
  9. Fluters: #15, 16, 17, 18, 51, 68, 69, 73; KITS#1
  10. Small & Toy Irons: #42, 43, 44
  11. Standing Irons (mostly Goffering): #30, 31
  12. Travel & Electric Irons: #34, 35, 39, 63
  13. Devices to Heat Irons: #23, 32, 33; KTIS#8
  14. Mangles & Other Wooden Devices: #41
  15. Sad Iron Stands, aka Trivets: #13, 65
  16. Auctions, Meetings, Collectors: #46, 47, 49, 50, 59, 72
  17. Rear-handled Irons: #52
  18. Demonstrations: #17, 22, 54, 55, 56, 58, 60
  19. Original Packaging and Paperwork: #57
  20. Very Large Irons!: #64
  21. Blacksmith Wrought/Forged: #66
  22. Irons that are more unique or defy easy categorization: #67
  23. Irons with Animal Themes: #74

 

Kevin Talks Irons Video Index 2020-2023

 

 #1 The Premiere 

#2 The Humble Flat Iron 

#3 Detachable Handled Irons 

#4 Slug Irons 

#5 Coal Irons   

#6 Natural Gas Irons 

#7 Gas Jet Irons 

#8 Liquid Fuel Irons 

#9 Tailor Irons (Gooses) 

#10 Polishing Irons 

 

#11 Sleeve & Seam Irons 

#12 Hat Irons 

#13 Sad Iron Stands (Trivets) 

#14 Collecting Old Irons 

#15 Hand Fluters 

#16 Machine Fluters 

#17 Let's Go Fluting 

#18 Combination Fluters 

#19 Rotary (Rotating) Irons 

#20 Buying Old IronsTechniques and strategies for buying irons.

 

#21 Researching Old Irons 

#22 Millinery (Ball, Egg & Flower) Irons 

#23 Wood Stove Heaters for Old Irons 

#24 Patents for Old Irons 

#25 Foundries that Manufactured Old Irons

#26 Finding & Reading Old Iron Patents 

#27 Mrs. Florence Potts 

#28 Mrs. Potts Trade Cards 

#29 To The Auction! 

#30 Standing Irons (mostly Goffers) 

 

#31 Elite Goffers 

#32 Kerosene Stoves and the Sad Iron Heaters that love them 

#33 Natural Gas Sad Iron Heaters 

#34 Travel Irons 

#35 Electric Travel Irons 

#36 The Old Irons of Nelson R. Streeter 

#37 Susan R. Knox 

#38 Top 10 Old Irons for the Beginning Collector 

#39 Electric Old Irons 

#40 Asbestos - Dover and Related Old Irons 

 

#41 Mangles and other Wooden Devices for Pressing Fabric 

#42 American Small and Toy Old Irons 

#43 Old Sad Irons as Advertising 

#44 Old European Small Irons 

#45 Elite European Slug Irons 

#46 Live At The Auction 

#47 PITCA Convention 2021 

#48 Ober Sad Irons 

#49 Harper Irons 

#50 Documenting Your Collection 

 

#51 Twenty-five Categories of American Laundry Irons  

#52 Rear-handled Irons 

#53 Monitor & Royal (Gasoline) Sad Irons 

#54 Firing Up the 1903 Monitor Gasoline Iron 

#55: Using a Coal Iron in India 

#56: Testing Ftat Irons vs Slug Irons 

#57: Old Irons in (the Original) Boxes 

#58: Imperial Brass gasoline irons 

#59: At Convention: Favorite Old Irons of PITCA Members 

#60: Old Irons with "Something Special" 

 

#61: Mr. Potts Patent Model 

#62: The Chalfant Mfg. Co. 

#63: Early Electric Irons 

#64: Very Large Old Irons 

#65: IWANTU and UNEEDIT Natural Gas Sad Irons 

#66: Blacksmithed Wrought/Forged Sad Irons 

#67: "Interesting" old sad irons 

#68: "Interesting" fluter/fluting Irons 

#69: Fluter/fluting Irons Variability 

#70: The Howell Co. from Geneva, Illinois 

 

#71: The A.C. Williams foundry 

#72: "Another Auction"

#73: American Machine Company fluting irons and trade cards