Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Irvington Ice & Coal

Located at 412 South Ritter Avenue next to the Baltimore and Ohio RR, Irvington Ice and Coal served the neighborhood for years. Most homes had a coal bin in the basement for heating their homes and had the coal delivered. As iceboxes became popular, Irvington residents placed a placard in the window as to how much ice they needed that week. Pictured is a coupon book used by an Irvington resident. I have also included a photo of my ice box. The ice would be placed behind the large door on the left. Vegetables and fruits would go on the right while milks and cremes would be placed just below the block of ice. Water would drain into a pan below the box and have to be emptied as the ice melted.

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