Build a Better Icebox

In our copy of “Pamphlet No. 1” published in Baltimore by the American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality in April 1913, one can read many suggestions about the proper care and feeding of infants.

After telling us that we should always keep milk on ice, but warm it up to body temperature before feeding the little nipper, we get this:

If you have not an ordinary ice box, a simple one can be made as follows: Get a wooden box about 18 inches square and 12 inches deep from the grocery store. Go to the tinsmith and have him make you a bottomless cylinder of tin, 12 inches in diameter and 9 inches deep, or a bottomless box of tin, 11 inches square and 9 inches deep.  Then have the tinsmith make another box of tin ….

It goes on, but I won’t include all the directions here.  (We could supply copies if readers want.)  In the “current economic climate” I suppose some folks might have to make their own simple ice boxes, and would want the complete directions. 

But does your grocer even have wooden boxes?  And do you know where your nearest tinsmith is?  Have you ever seen a working tinsmith except at a living history museum?

Published in: on 17 March 2009 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment  

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