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, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, 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.
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Featured Image: Inside PITCA members George, Jane & Jessie Kyle's New Zealand “Esk-Ironz” Museum located at 1133 Waipunga Rd, Eskdale, Napier. It is New Zealand's largest collection of laundry Irons and related memorabilia.
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:Advertising trade card for Asbestos Sad Irons, circa early 1900.
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.
Our latest issue, published March 2018, contains the following in-depth articles:
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* We have new members! You'll find them listed at Members Only ~ Club Directory.
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* The March edition of the Pressing News can be found at Members Only ~ Pressing News.
* You'll find the Registration Form for the 34th Annual PITCA Convention, July 13-14, 2018 in the March Pressing News. Please complete and submit ASAP. Don't forget to make your hotel reservations.
* A "Join Us" Flyer pdf is available at Members Only/Print Flyers. Please print some and distribute to friends and local antique outlets to advertise PITCA!
❝ I was recently on a trip with my son to my native Poland. It was there that I learned that the Polish name for a slug (or ox tongue) iron is z duzsa which translates as an iron with a soul. The implication being that the iron is the body and the slug is the soul that occupies the body, bringing it warmth and life. I think it is a very human way of looking at things and I will now look at slug irons differently.❞ PITCA President Jack Horbal, Glenview, Illinois