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ETA 211 IRON, LATE 1960S

In its day, this sharp-edged rhomboidal iron had the largest ironing surface in the world. It allowed users to iron forwards and backwards without having to turn the iron, and could be used by left- and right-handers alike. During ironing, it could be rested on its side, something no one else had thought of. There was also a version with a closed handle, the ETA 212. In Czechoslovakia it was patented, but was not a great success on the market, and the Elektro- Praga company turned down offers from a number of companies in Western Europe.