I don’t know the exact story on my ironing board, but it is a homemade ironing board and belonged to my grandmother Minnie Pitts Powell.
The hardware that causes the legs to fold, I believe, was purchased and attached to the wood.
My grandmother performed the duties of a housewife (for that time) and mother: laundry, cleaning, sewing, canning, cooking, tending garden and ironing and without modern conveniences. Life was hard work then.
Along with those duties, my grandparents also milked cows for their livelihood.
(Pardon the bench in the background.)
Hurschel and Minnie (Pitts) Powell and dog