I finally got around to reading the Fall 2016 Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) Newsletter this past week.
I especially enjoyed the article titled “Industrial Asbestos Products in the Home,” by Michael Bernstein. This article discussed how asbestos was used in cookware, pot holders, and ironing boards into the 1950’s. I was aware of the use of asbestos as floor and ceiling tiles, blown insulation, siding, and automotive brake pads, but had not thought about ironing boards. It looked like a good solution- it would not rust, warp, get eaten by critters, burn or melt on contact with the iron.
I was also saddened to see that Jay McCauley passed away. I had very little exposure to him, but I spoke with him at the 2011 Conference in Seattle. He was energetic and interested in updating the SIA’s image, and was at least partially responsible (if not fully) for the SIA’s presence on Facebook. He will be missed.
Thank you for reading my post.
Bernstein, Michael. Industrial Asbestos Products in the Home. SIA Newsletter, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2016. pp. 15-17.