Clothes were washed and ironed by hand in the late 1800s, and this trade card advertises two products that were used in this process. One, the Mrs. Potts Cold Handle Sad Iron, is being used by the woman in the middle to iron a shirt. The woman at right is preparing several of these irons for use by heating them on a woodburning stove. The other product, a Crown and Eagle Fluting Machine, is being used by the woman at left to pleat a curtain.

This trade card was printed by Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, N.Y., and is shown at seventy percent of its actual size.