Wednesday, January 30, 2008

IF The Iceman Cometh...

... We will be ready.



The day that the temperature falls 50 degrees was the perfect day to get my Christmas present from Lisa picked up. As you can see above it is two pieces from the Iowa City Ice Company. I had owned the ice pick for years. We bought the sign from my parents' sale when they moved into their apartment. The sign was designed to hang from your back porch window, there are holes on all four sides, and whichever side was up indicated how many pounds of ice you needed delivered.

Foxcroft never had ice delivery. I have a letter from the designer/builder asking Bess if she wanted an opening from the porch for direct ice delivery into the house. She replied that she was planning to get a new electric icebox. The builder then wrote that they would put an additional electric plug into the kitchen design. Here is a picture of the original icebox:

4 comments:

Sandy said...

We had a real ice box when I was a little kid. The ice was delivered in a block by horse and wagon!! Mom and I also had a stove something similar to that one until I was about 17. Absolutely LOVE the picture.

Mike said...

Hey Sandy,

The original pictures are cool. There are links to more of them on the sidebar. Someday we'll get our vintage stove back, it doesn't look quite like the one in the picture, but it is nice...

Sandy said...

Those pictures are so wonderful. I love the chair by the fireplace. They were great chairs that lasted just about forever!

Kate H. said...

I like the legs on the icebox. No getting cat toys caught under there!

When I was a kid, we had a set of wooden dollhouse furnishings, handcarved by my grandfather. The fridge was shaped like the old-type icebox, and I was convinced that's what a refrigerator ought to look like, regardless of what we had in our kitchen!