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Twenty-four families at Owatonna, Minnesota founded this group in 1984 as the Midwest Sad Iron Collectors Club. Over the years our group has grown in both size and scope.

At the Kansas City Convention in 2008 we voted to update our name to PITCA, reflecting the diversity of our membership. Today we have members from the United States plus Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Spain and Switzerland.

All information on our website is shared with the public with the exception of the hidden sub-tabs under Members Only, visible only to dues paying members.

Many images on our website can be enlarged: click once to enlarge; click twice to zoom in.

Featured Image:an example of a “New Leader” self-heating sad-iron with its original trivet, circa 1897.

You're Invited to Join PITCA!

Click Here to learn about the many benefits of joining our organization. A membership application is provided for your convenience. We look forward to adding you to our growing fellowship of collectors!

Image: A PITCA member's Display at the 2017 Convention.

One benefit of PITCA membership is access to the Pressing News, published quarterly. Each issue contains interesting information not found elsewhere as well as updates on member activities and ads. The September 2017 issue contains the following in depth articles:

  1. Small Australian Tailor's Paperweight
  2. "New Leader" Self-Heating Sad-Iron
  3. Acorn Self-Heating Flat Iron

Member Updates * OCTOBER 2017

* The September issue of our quarterly newsletter is now available at Members Only/Pressing News.

* An updated member directory is being created. Your photo is needed! See more at Members Only/PITCA Picture Directory.

* Dues paying members: be sure to Sign Up for our website if you have not yet done so.


Officers 2017 - 2018

   Jack Horbal ~ President
Jerry Marcus ~ Secretary Treasurer
  Jackie Lind ~ Librarian
  Jay Raymond ~ Editor, Pressing News
Lynn Rosack ~ Webmaster