History of Ice Box

  • Ice Box

    Ice Box
    By the end of the 1800s, many American households stored their perishable food in an insulated "icebox" that was usually made of wood and lined with tin or zinc. A large block of ice was stored inside to keep these early refrigerators chilly. Iceboxes also presented a new way to save prepared foods—or leftovers—that previously might not have lasted beyond one meal.
  • Domestic Electric refrigerator

    Domestic Electric refrigerator
    It was a small cooling device that could be used in any icebox to replace the ice itself. It offered more careful temperature regulation, but the market wasn't ready for electric refrigeration quite yet; it was neither reliable nor affordable enough.
  • General Electric Monitor

    General Electric Monitor
    In the 1930s, many Americans happily began giving up their ice boxes filled with blocks of melting ice for newly affordable electric refrigerators, which allowed more space and longevity for leftover food.
  • Whirlpool models

    Whirlpool models
    Whirlpool kicked off the trend of designing refrigerators and other appliances in vivid colors, including signature hues like "harvest gold" and "avocado green."
  • side-by-side doors

    side-by-side doors
    And in the 1970s, design features like side-by-side doors were introduced.