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In most Iowa homes this third day of the week is reserved for ironing. The whole day should be reserved to complete this job.
The Iowa Housewife, 1880
Meanwhile people in Northern Europe were using stones, glass and wood for smoothing. These continued in use for "ironing" in some places into the mid-19th century, long after Western blacksmiths started to forge smoothing irons in the late Middle Ages.
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