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The iceman cometh

September 9, 2012
By MARY BURNS DEAS , The OBSERVER

"Crisp lettuce." That's a 75-year-old memory of what it was like to get the household's first electric refrigerator in the 1930s. Before that the lettuce was wilted, but who knew how good it could be until this was experienced? This is just one nostalgic recollection for those of earlier generations or what can be discovered by younger people as they tour the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum and see the old-time icebox. In the column's "virtual tour" series of this local treasure, our look back in time has included the kitchen of the lighthouse as it was over a century ago. The wood burning stove and the wooden washtub were great for the day, but certainly hard work by today's standards. The icebox in the kitchen is another example of what every woman enjoyed at the time because it offered the convenience of preserving food, despite the fact that it included regular deliveries of ice from the ice man and dealing with the constant flow of water out.

 
 

 

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