Antique Oddities at the Royal Hotel – part 2

Sitting under the front window in the breezeway entrance of the hotel is another antique oddity often mistaken for a washing machine, probably due to its round shape.

Although the appliance was used in early households and was meant to assist “the lady of the house” it was not for washing clothes but for keeping food cold. The White Frost Refrigerator was manufactured in Jackson, Michigan and bears an unusual cylindrical shape.

IMG_0049 the White Frost Ice Box in the Royal Hotel

• They were first manufactured in 1905 in Michigan
• A full patent was granted to Charles H. Boeck in 1906 for his refrigerator
• It was the only ice box with a cylindrical shape
• In 1919 a water cooler attachment was added to the exterior – leaving room inside for three shelves (which revolved….)
• The White Frost was made entirely of metal with a “snowy white” enamel interior (which differed from the standard square oak models available at that time)
• Blocks of ice sat in the top compartment –typically lasting one day – and chilled air was then vented to the food storage area, located below the ice compartment
• The unit was equipped with roller bearing casters for easy moving
• The refrigerator came with a 25 year guarantee

courtesy of the Boulder History Museum

The following claims were made by the manufacturer:

• More hygienic – easy-clean curved enamelled steel, food always in perfect condition

• More scientific – better design, better insulated, economical with ice, revolving shelves

• Desirable yet affordable – stylish, special, above-average price payable in installments

 
Home appliances have sure changed in the last 100 years – just wander the aisles of any store selling appliances and you’ll see refrigerators with two doors, one door, freezer on the top, bottom, side or not at all; in-door ice cube makers, and refrigerators with sizes ranging from under-counter bar units to huge side-by-side double door models with enough room to store food for the largest families.

photo courtesy of the Boulder History Museum

 

Sources: http://www.homethingspast.com/vintage-white-frost-refrigerator/
And the Boulder History Museum website http://boulderhistory.org/artifacts_textiles_highlights1.13.asp

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