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Ice Chest

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 11 September 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

An icebox is a compact non-mechanical refrigerator which was a common kitchen appliance before the development of safe powered refrigeration devices. Iceboxes had hollow walls that were lined with tin or zinc and packed with various insulating materials such as cork, sawdust, straw or seaweed. A large block of ice was held in a tray or compartment near the top of the box. Cold air circulated down and around storage compartments in the lower section. Some finer models had spigots for draining ice water from a catch pan or holding tank. In cheaper models a drip pan was placed under the box and had to be emptied at least daily. The user had to replenish the melted ice, normally by obtaining new ice from an iceman.

PENTAX K200D 1/6 second F/4.0 ISO 1600 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture and History

11 Sep 2012 6:01am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Interesting image and information

11 Sep 2012 8:01am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

My granpa had one like that in his house... nice find!

11 Sep 2012 9:05am

tataray from france, France

j'en ai vu déjà des comme ça.... il y a longtemps !...:))

11 Sep 2012 11:06am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I've learned something new again - thank you!

11 Sep 2012 12:20pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

That piece would bring a fortune in some antique shop ... good shot, Eric.

12 Sep 2012 12:42am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

We had an old ice chest similar to this on the farm. It was unused when I saw it and had been moved to the tool shed.

12 Sep 2012 6:51pm

Abena from Maseru, Lesotho

my goodness, I would say strange but that's something new I just learned today ! fantastic find and I like the description with your images !

12 Sep 2012 7:24pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nice shot...was ice chest where around for a long time....

14 Sep 2012 4:33pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great find and interesting image and information. Excellent, Eric! :)

14 Sep 2012 5:00pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

My grandmother used to talk about their old "icebox" and in fact called her old Kelvinator refrigerator the "ice box" (much to my childish amusement). This would be something great to have now on the back screen porch or lanai, instead of those garish blue and white plastic portable ice chests.

8 Oct 2012 11:20am

1/6 second
ISO 1600
42 mm (35mm equiv.)