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Iron Maidens: 1942

Iron Maidens: 1942

October 1942. "Health measures for low home temperatures. Down goes the thermometer and out come flannel nightclothes, almost like the kind Grandpa used to wear, as government workers in Washington, D.C., dress for the 65-degree maximum temperature recommended by the fuel oil limitation order." Photo by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Two things

1. I'm pretty sure my grandfather never wore pajamas like that.
2. $18.95 in 1939 is equivalent to $395 today. That's an expensive iron!

Iron dossier

Name: Steam-O-Matic
Model: B-300
Manufactured by Waverly Products Inc.
Watts: 1000
Introduced in 1939
Original price: $18.95

Sister act?

I think so.

Crocheted slippers!

I grew up with slippers like the lady on the right is wearing. Also, it seems that either the pajamas are new, or they've been pressed especially for this picture. Otherwise, flannel does not usually hold a crease like that.

My kids constantly complain that I keep the house at 65 in the winter, to which I respond "well, if you'd put a sweater or sweatshirt over that T-shirt, it might help."

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