Rodney Thompson prepares to haul coal to his customers in 1926. Notice that animal power was still used locally although Irvington Ice & Coal also had trucks by this time. Mr. Thompson is standing across the street from the plant in the 400 block of South Ritter Avenue. Behind him, you can see a small nineteenth-century cottage. Mr. Thompson eventually worked his way up to becoming the General Manager of the company. Irvington Ice & Coal operated in the neighborhood from 1916 until the early 1970s. This historic images are courtesy of Rodney and Sue Thompson. A contemporary shot, taken on June 10, 2012, shows the top photo today. If you look towards the rear of the current structure, I believe you can see the gable of the original home. Perhaps, this is wishful thinking on my part.
You may learn more about Irvington Ice & Coal by clicking on the link below. The Irvington Historical Society, located at the Bona Thompson Memorial Library, also has an extensive photo collection and information about this local landmark.