Friday, October 6, 2017
Even after we replaced the ice box with an electric model my mother would refer to the new one as the ice box. We lived in the city and the horse drawn cart would go down the street delivering ice door to door. Even though we lived on a paved street it was not uncommon to have "road apples" in the street which was horse poop. As more and more neighbors got electric 'ice boxes' there was less and less work for the ice man and finally he stopped coming to make deliveries all together.
With the modern day refrigerators it is hard to believe in the past food was kept cool by ice boxes with the ice delivered right to your door. We also had a box on the front porch for the milk man to leave our milk and butter in. My mom would leave a note on the box so the milk delivery man would know how much to leave. The milk man had a horse drawn cart also that he delivered our milk in which came in glass bottles where the first couple inches would be cream which mom would pour
off to use on berries or coffee. Sometimes as a very special treat she would pour some cream on my oatmeal which made it taste much better.
I'm sure this sounds alien to folks now but it was common place back then.