What was an Icebox? Learn about the Icebox and the Iceman through a Grandparent's memories below!

(Did you grow up in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's?  Send us your memories of the Icebox or the Iceman and help build the library.)

~ Jim (b.1931) ~

"Prior to the end of WWII, in 1945, almost everyone in my lower-class neighborhood had an icebox. There were refrigerators but very few people had them until they started to be mass produced after the war.

The Icebox resembled a refrigerator and had two parts. The upper part was a box that had an opening in the rear but not the front. The rear opening allowed the iceman to open the box without entering your home and place a big chunk of ice in your icebox. By a chunk of ice I mean a block 2.5 feet long by 1.5 feet high.

The iceman would carry this block over his shoulder in a tarp so that the melting didn't not drip on his clothes. He also had a metal pincer wide enough to fit over the block which he used to swing into the icebox.

The rest of the icebox was like a refrigerator with shelves where you put your food. The coldness from the ice drifted downwards and cooled the food in the icebox. It was a treat to be outside and watch the iceman as he walked up three floors caring this heavy ice and putting it in the icebox. He always seemed to do effortlessly."


Did you grow up in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's? Do you know someone who did?

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