Vintage EMPIRE HAIR STRAIGHTENER IRON Wide Blades Elec. - eBay (item 310015188247 end time Jan-22-08 18:15:27 PST)
This vintage Empire hair straightener iron is marked, "Empire Products, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, Patent 1889432 Made in U.S.A."
Depress the thumb lever and it opens just wide enough to accept a lock of hair (see photo). The cord is 58 inches long. The handle and thumb knob are black wood. There's a seemingly permanent thumbprint on one blade.
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