When you go upstairs in the Hunter House you will notice a collection of irons. These irons were donated by Lois Bulloch and are only part of her extensive collection. The irons range in age from the sad irons of the 1850's to an electric steam iron from the 1960's. They vary in size from the large tailor's "goose" to small sample irons used by traveling salesmen. Take a look at these irons and see how this common household tool has changed over the year. A common question about these irons is the term "Sad". This does not refer to the sentiments of the person sweating over a hot stove while pressing clothes. Sad is an old term for solid, so a sad iron is simply a solid piece of iron.