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Staple of the 1930s Kitchen: The Icebox

Before the invention of the icebox in the 19th century, shopping for provisions was a daily chore. Then someone figured out how to keep meat, butter, and milk fresh by putting it into an insulated box with a block of ice. By the 1930s, every kitchen had an icebox.

Message to Mom: Stock up a few days ahead and let the ice man do the daily hauling.

Legacy: The four-door stainless-steel fridge with adjustable temperature zones and in-door crushed-ice dispensers.
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