Keeping Things Cold
In the days before electric refrigerators with chloroflurocarbons (CFCs), people used ice boxes to keep food cold. A compartment at the top of the icebox held a large block of ice. Cold air circulated down and throughout the cabinet. Insulation in the walls of the cabinet kept the cold inside.
As the ice melted, water drained into a catch tray that had to be emptied often. In the model shown here, the melted ice water flowed freely to a catch tray in the very bottom of the cabinet. In more expensive models, spigots were used to control the flow of water into a pan or separate holding tank.
Ice Saw and Icebox
Pulling Ice from Lake Arcadia