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.
These videos 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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NEW! #58: Imperial Brass gasoline irons July 25, 2022
#57: Old Irons in (the Original) Boxes July 14, 2022
#56: Testing Ftat Irons vs Slug Irons June 30, 2022
#55: Using a Coal Iron in India May 15, 2022
#54 Firing Up the 1903 Monitor Gasoline Iron February 22, 2022
#53 Monitor & Royal (Gasoline) Sad Irons February 21, 2022
#1 The Premiere This video is an introduction to the fascinating world of antique pressing irons. June 14, 2020
#4 Slug Irons European and American irons heated with removable slugs.
#8 Liquid Fuel Irons Examples from 1889 to the Coleman Irons of the 1960s.
#11 Sleeve & Seam Irons Long, narrow irons with a specific function.
#13 Sad Iron Stands (Trivets) Kevin shares his substantial collection of flat iron & double pointed shaped sad iron stands
#14 Collecting Old Irons Kevin discusses his philosophy of collecting irons and the limits and focus of his own collection.
#15 Hand Fluters An exclusively American category of pressing irons.
#16 Machine Fluters Used to crimp fabrics for the fancy clothing of that era.
#17 Let's Go Fluting Kevin demonstrates how fluting irons were used, firing up three different types.
#21 Researching Old Irons Essential books & magazines for the collector's library.
#23 Wood Stove Heaters for Old Irons Devices used to heat irons on cook stoves.
#24 Patents for Old Irons A basic introduction to the role patents played in the development of old irons.
#27 Mrs. Florence Potts The American inventor of the cold-handled sad iron.
#29 To The Auction! A guide to buying irons from a specialty auction.
#30 Standing Irons (mostly Goffers) The irons of old Europe, used to ruffle collars.
#31 Elite Goffers Some of the fanciest goffering irons auctioned in 2019 and 2020.
#32 Kerosene Stoves and the Sad Iron Heaters that love them A short tutorial on the history and variety of kerosene stoves.
#36 The Old Irons of Nelson R. Streeter was the inventor and marketer of the Sensible and Magic brands of irons.
#37 Susan R. Knox Creator of the American style of machine fluters.
#38 Top 10 Old Irons for the Beginning Collector The first 10 irons a beginning collector might search for.
#42 American Small and Toy Old Irons Learn the difference between a small iron, a toy, and a salesman's sample.
#43 Old Sad Irons as Advertising Learn how sad irons were used to promote goods and businesses.
#45 Elite European Slug Irons These irons were included in the first William "Buck" Carson auction in July 2021.
#46 Live At The Auction You have a front row seat at the first Buck Carson Auction in 2021.
#47 PITCA Meeting 2021 Join Kevin at the 2021 PITCA Convention and meet some of the club members.