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Catalog Number 2013.007.036
Description Ice Box, 1907. Rectangular wooden ice box with two cabinets. Two cabinets have scalloped metal hinges and metal lever door handles. Sides of ice box has wooden paneling and back has wooden slats. Metal lined inside cabinets.
Object Name Icebox
Collection 3D - Food Processing & Prep Tools & Equipment
Title Ice Box, 1907
Date 1907
Creator Modern Refrigerator Company, Peru, Indiana
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "MODERN REFRIGERATOR CO / CORK FILLED / PERU, IND / NO. 28 / INSPECTED / BY / SETH GREEN" (Stenciled text on back of box); "MODERN / (Partial Text)" (Stenciled text on front of box)
Provenance Used in Milton's childhood home in La Honda - father had it built for his mother 1907 when they got married. Moved it across creek and when Milton was 5 years old, Milton slept in it over the creek.
Notes "Well into the 1930s, households used large blocks of ice to keep food cold in “ice boxes.” Some households chilled food only seasonally, taking advantage of cold temperatures by keeping perishables in the cellar, on the porch, or in window box refrigerators..." [ 7/28/2015]

"Most of these early refrigerators were of quite simple design, a wood cabinet often
decorated with some etched designs on the front exterior surface. They included two
separate compartments, an insulated, lined area at the top designed to hold large chunks of
ice and a bottom section with shelves for storing perishable food products..." [ 7/28/2015]

"On returning to Peru he was appointed foreman of the sheet metal department of the Modern Refrigerator Company, which later became the American Refrigerator Company..." [ 7/28/2015]
Dimensions H-33.5 W-21.25 D-15.75 inches
Search Terms Appliances
Bandit Built Store
Cavalli Family
Cavalli Bros. Store
Cavalli, Charles
Cavalli, Frank G.
Cavalli, Milton R.
Kitchen Appliances
La Honda - Businesses
Zanoni, Mary Jane
Subjects Appliances
Ice industry
Refrigerator industry
People Cavalli Family
Cavalli, Charles and Frank
Cavalli, Milton R.
Zanoni, Mary Jane