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In the nineteenth century, women undoubtedly used a "sad iron" to press their families' clothes. One meaning of "sad" at that time was "heavy." Although many of these irons were small, they were very heavy.
When sad irons were heated near an open fire or on the stove, their handles became red hot. Women tried wrapping aprons or towels around the handles, but still burned their fingers. Mary F. Potts, of Iowa, made herself a heroine to women when she patented a much lighter sad iron with a detachable wooden handle.