Early 20th Century Round Icebox

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This is a beautifully restored vintage metal icebox. It was manufactured somewhere around 1918 and was designed to keep food and water cool in the home.Vintage Round Icebox

Called the White Frost Sanitary Refrigerator, this unit kept things cool with a block of ice placed in the top compartment. The iceman would have delivered the ice, probably by a horse-drawn wagon. The ice would last two to three days and, as it melted, the water drained from the icebox into a pan underneath. The pan had to be emptied two or three times a day to prevent it from overflowing onto the floor.

This unit has a water bottle attached to it, with a dispensing spigot on the side of the icebox. The food was stored in the lower compartment and was placed on three shelves that rotated lazy Susan-style. Despite the fact that the first electric refrigerators were mass-produced beginning in 1913, ice was still being delivered to homes in the U.S. as late as the 1960s.

Dimensions: Approx. 21.5” diameter x 45” high
Produced: About 1918

Manufactured by:
White Frost Refrigerator Co.
Jackson, Michigan

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in our museum for viewing, information and to further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also just want to share the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

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Last updated: Apr 07, 2010
Filed under: Retro Museum Tagged with: kitchen, restorations