ice box, fridge, refrigerator, blinky

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 29 05:15:04 UTC 2013

On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 12:15 AM, David K. Barnhart <dbarnhart at
> wrote:

> My mom and dad both used _icebox_ (later _fridge_).  I still catch myself
> saying _icebox_ from time to time, though Mom and Dad used it to the end.
> They were born in 1908 and 1900 respectively.  I was born in 1941 in the
> Midwest.  Dad was from Missouri/Kansas and Mom from Wisconsin.  They had a
> house in Westchester (North of NYC)-- in the wall of the kitchen pantry was
> a small door for depositing ice for the icebox.  We received milk on the
> back stoop into the early '60's, sometimes in the summer with a chunk of
> ice
> to keep th

Sounds very familiar, though "Frigidaire" was used, despite the fact that
my grandparents' "icebox" - in free alternation with "Frigidaire" - was a
GE refrigerator. This was in Marshall. When we first moved to Saint Louis,
we had a real Coolerator icebox with a card that you put into the window to
let the iceman know how much ice to deliver, until we got a Servel fridge.
Milk was delivered around six in the morning by milkmen using horse-drawn
trucks. The horses were shod with rubber horseshoes, so as not to disturb
people's sleep. And the horse knew the route. The milkman grabbed a case of
milk and the horse walked down to the next relevant house. When the milkmen
had finished delivering that case, he had merely io walk to the curb, where
the horse was waiting with the truck, to get the next case, instead of
going back up the street to the point at which he had begun his deliveries.
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