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TITLE
Inverness Memories - using a flat iron
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_MRSROLLO_06
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
Mrs Rollo
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2119
KEYWORDS
domestic
housewife
housework
ironing
audio

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In the late 1970s, Mrs Rollo, an elderly resident of Friars Street, Inverness, shared her memories of old Inverness with a Mrs. Sneddon. Mrs. Rollo had lived as a child in Shore Street and moved to Friars Street in the early 1920s. She had five of a family; three boys and two girls. Her husband worked for the Highland Railway. In this audio extract, Mrs. Rollo remembers using a flat iron.

The photograph is of Friars Street with the steeple of the Old High Church in the background.

Interviewer: Did ye ever use a flat iron?

Oh, flat irons, we'd nothing else but flat irons until we got that ones.

Interviewer: Uh-huh. It's a gas iron ye use now?

Gas iron. Yes, it was always a flat iron.

Interviewer: When did ye get the gas iron? D'you remember?

Well, it was paraffin that we had.

Interviewer: Paraffin lamps and -

Yes, we'd no, we'd no gas in Shore Street. It was paraffin lamps we had in the flat iron. We heated the fire - made a bright fire - an then we just put the iron sticking in the top an we just tested it [Laughter]

Interviewer: How did ye clean it? I mean, ye know, it must have got black.

Yes, well we just had to keep it clean. We'd keep rubbing it on paper or that, an wipe it clean.

Interviewer: Didn't have anything special to clean it with?

No, no, no, no. Just perhaps a cloth stuck in paraffin or something like that. That would clean it. It didn't do bad for the washing then?

Interviewer: No, it was clean enough. An the ironing was just done on the table?

The ironing was done on the table, yes. But my mother had a box iron. She put - she had a heater thing; it was shaped like that, an a hole in it, an ye put the hole in the - a poker in a wee hole an ye lifted the lid o the box an shoved the thing in an then ye went ironing wi that. But we wouldn't be allowed to use that. It was only for starched collars an dickies an what not then.

Interviewer: That was just for special things?

Special things that was used. We just got the ordinary iron. Mm-hmm.

Interviewer: An was everything ironed in the 1920s? I suppose it would've had to been.

Oh yes, yes, ironed. An starched too

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Inverness Memories - using a flat iron

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1970s

domestic; housewife; housework; ironing; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Inverness Recollections

In the late 1970s, Mrs Rollo, an elderly resident of Friars Street, Inverness, shared her memories of old Inverness with a Mrs. Sneddon. Mrs. Rollo had lived as a child in Shore Street and moved to Friars Street in the early 1920s. She had five of a family; three boys and two girls. Her husband worked for the Highland Railway. In this audio extract, Mrs. Rollo remembers using a flat iron. <br /> <br /> The photograph is of Friars Street with the steeple of the Old High Church in the background.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Did ye ever use a flat iron?<br /> <br /> Oh, flat irons, we'd nothing else but flat irons until we got that ones.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Uh-huh. It's a gas iron ye use now?<br /> <br /> Gas iron. Yes, it was always a flat iron.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: When did ye get the gas iron? D'you remember?<br /> <br /> Well, it was paraffin that we had.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Paraffin lamps and - <br /> <br /> Yes, we'd no, we'd no gas in Shore Street. It was paraffin lamps we had in the flat iron. We heated the fire - made a bright fire - an then we just put the iron sticking in the top an we just tested it [Laughter]<br /> <br /> Interviewer: How did ye clean it? I mean, ye know, it must have got black.<br /> <br /> Yes, well we just had to keep it clean. We'd keep rubbing it on paper or that, an wipe it clean.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Didn't have anything special to clean it with?<br /> <br /> No, no, no, no. Just perhaps a cloth stuck in paraffin or something like that. That would clean it. It didn't do bad for the washing then?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: No, it was clean enough. An the ironing was just done on the table?<br /> <br /> The ironing was done on the table, yes. But my mother had a box iron. She put - she had a heater thing; it was shaped like that, an a hole in it, an ye put the hole in the - a poker in a wee hole an ye lifted the lid o the box an shoved the thing in an then ye went ironing wi that. But we wouldn't be allowed to use that. It was only for starched collars an dickies an what not then. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: That was just for special things?<br /> <br /> Special things that was used. We just got the ordinary iron. Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: An was everything ironed in the 1920s? I suppose it would've had to been.<br /> <br /> Oh yes, yes, ironed. An starched too