Trouser press

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This article is about the electrical appliance. Trouser press_sentence_0

For the magazine, see Trouser Press. Trouser press_sentence_1

A trouser press, also referred to by the trademarked name Corby trouser press, is an electrical appliance used to smooth the wrinkles from a pair of trousers (pants). Trouser press_sentence_2

They are commonly provided in hotel rooms worldwide, though may also be purchased for home use; they are generally associated with use by businessmen who require a formal appearance to their suit. Trouser press_sentence_3

Trouser pressing process Trouser press_section_0

Most trousers creases occur on the bottom two-thirds of trouser legs, particularly around the back of the knee. Trouser press_sentence_4

Trouser presses are typically the tool for removing these creases without damaging the trousers. Trouser press_sentence_5

On a typical trouser press, the side levers are raised; and the trousers placed between the pressing plate and the cushioned heating pad. Trouser press_sentence_6

The press is slowly closed, the trousers gently pulled so that they align properly and the press dial turned on for heat. Trouser press_sentence_7

The press heats to around 60 °C (140 °F) regardless of model type. Trouser press_sentence_8

It can take roughly 15 to 45 minutes to press the trousers depending on the model type and the thermostatically-controlled heating pad will warm up and gently press out creases and wrinkles without scorching the trousers. Trouser press_sentence_9

Corby Trouser Press Trouser press_section_1

The Corby Trouser Press brand is the genericized trademark for the product. Trouser press_sentence_10

John Corby Limited was established by John Corby in Windsor, Berkshire, in 1930 as a manufacturer of valet stands. Trouser press_sentence_11

These were later improved with the addition of a pressing area and the first Corby trouser press was launched. Trouser press_sentence_12

These subsequently became electrically heated during the 1960s. Trouser press_sentence_13

In 1977 John Corby Limited became part of what is now Jourdan plc and was relocated to Andover, Hampshire in 1986. Trouser press_sentence_14

In 2005, the company moved manufacture to the premises of a sister company Suncrest Surrounds Limited in Peterlee, Co Durham. Trouser press_sentence_15

All sales, marketing and service operations continue to operate from Andover in Hampshire. Trouser press_sentence_16

The business was bought in May 2009 by Yorkshire businessman and entrepreneur Richard Kaye's Fired Up Corporation Ltd based in Huddersfield. Trouser press_sentence_17

The brand was later re-launched, reverting to its founding name of "Corby of Windsor". Trouser press_sentence_18

In popular culture Trouser press_section_2

During the 1960s the trouser press was an aspirational product for the British middle classes, and this led to a thread of satire and cultural references. Trouser press_sentence_19

The Bonzo Dog Band recorded the song, "Trouser Press", for their 1968 album The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse, satirising 1960s consumerism, and making numerous references to the trouser press as emblematic of middle class life. Trouser press_sentence_20

Author and journalist Ira Robbins founded an influential alternative music magazine titled Trouser Press after the Bonzo song, and his book The Trouser Press Record Guide: The Ultimate Guide to Alternative Stone is a reference work on alternative and outlandish music first published in 1983 and the fourth edition was published in 1991 (ISBN 0-02-036361-3). Trouser press_sentence_21

The ubiquitous presence of the trouser press in British commercial hotels has made them a recurring theme, along with "tea and coffee making facilities", in British comedian Bill Bailey's monologues. Trouser press_sentence_22

The Tea, Coffee and Trouser Press Census tour diary along is included as an extra feature on his Part Troll DVD. Trouser press_sentence_23

Bailey's Tinselworm show has a spoof infomercial in the style of Kraftwerk, Hosenbügler (German for trouser press), which sees Bailey and Kevin Eldon riding around the stage on Segways with trouser presses mounted on them. Trouser press_sentence_24

It has also been featured in the British comedy I'm Alan Partridge during the episode "Basic Alan" in which Alan dismantles a Corby Trouser Press in his bored desperation. Trouser press_sentence_25


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