Monday, November 15, 2010

Better Late than Never



1951 Hotpoint

[click to enlarge]


Update:
In the Forum: Jesus Christ, Fanny Brice, Wolfie Mozart and Humphrey Bogart and Genghis Khan and on to H.G. Wells.

16 comments:

Aleksandra said...

:O)
if you put a large dish filled with boiled water under it in the fridge it will go much faster and than less chance of destroying cooling element of the freezer but you already knew this ....
nice little company you have here under the photo :O)

Old 333 said...

Don't release the Blob! After the anti-Blob mob killed it with fire extinguishers, legend tells of secret sympathizers secreting chinks of their beloved Blob away...and if you listen to the talk, you might find that just such a Hotpoint (transmission cut off)

♥ Raven Rose ♥ said...

William I love this photo! I would have been around 5 years old when this fridge was in it's prime :) Metal ice cube trays...wow!!! It's kind of scarey to think that these ice cube trays are younger than me!!! I also love the irony of the mini glacier on the left and the name Hotpoint on the right...

Ed Baker said...

been going ti Value Village for past 6 months looking for a pair of those aluminum ice trays... got rid of that automatic ice-maker as not necessary .. .

used to use a sharp knife to chip away the ice in the freezer UNTIL I poked a hole in the tubing and PHISSSSSST! tried to seal the hole with my finger and about froze the tip off...

and, the freezer used to REALLY get cold enough to freeze things at a lower use of electricity with FREON rather than what is used now...

Hotpoint and GE used to make terrific appliances NOW you get CRAP from SEARS!

the Sears product lasts if you are lucky 121 years! Our Hotpoint lasted 25 years until I stabbed it to death.


so, if any one has a couple of those ice trays ... send 'em two me C.O.D.

William Michaelian said...

Aleksandra, we have Neil Diamond to thank for that distinguished group. “Done Too Soon” is the name of the song. And you will be glad to know, those two icebergs let go by themselves an hour later. Now they’re behind the house, and the cats are trying to figure them out....

Peter, I ... crrakkellfizzblort....

Raven Rose, how about that name, though, Hotpoint. But it’s amazing how faithful this old icebox has been. It’s been with me all my life and conjures memories every time I look at it.

Better yet, Ed, we’ll send you the cod and you can put it in your freezer. In wiping this thing down, I was amazed all over again at the quality of the materials used. A heavy glass shelf fits over the two vegetable bins, and the other shelves won’t flinch under a good-sized watermelon. Good luck on those metal trays.

all ways 11 o'clock said...

Did anyone say Cod! Being from the east coast my mouth started to water. Great fridge, takes me back to my childhood. Great shot too.

~robert

Ed Baker said...

C.O.D. NOT COD!

don't y'all recall letter-writing? and sending packages
"c.o.d." "
Collect On Delivery

or

the red finger pointing at the 3 cent stamp with the phrase

"postage due 2 cents"


cod : reminds me to get a little bottle of Cod Liver Oil

William Michaelian said...

Oh, well, Ed, so much for me being “clever.” Then again, you already sound well oiled.

Thanks, Robert. Daily life — what a concept....

Two Tigers said...

You had me at "icebox."

William Michaelian said...

Gabriella, you’re in luck: tomorrow I’m going to post photos of a real icebox — that is, if I can wait that long....

Ed Baker said...

when my grand-mother moved in with us

lived over the grocery store about 1947/48
she brought with her her ice-box... I remember it yet in
use ...

Mr. Dingus , a customer, worked at Uline Arena/Ice House
a couple of times a week he would drive the ice-truck over and carry in a chunk of Ice after splitting the piece off of a larger piece with an ice-pick.

we used to get chunks and suck 'em.

she used her icebox as a back-up for the Hotpoint in case the electric went out ..

she also brought over her wringer-washing-machine... which was elecric

William Michaelian said...

Great stuff, Ed. The ice house of my childhood (which seems not to have ended) wasn’t far from our farm near the edge of town — just a little beyond the Tortilla Flats baseball diamond by Wilson School, a stone’s throw from the railroad tracks. My father and I went there a million times to get blocks of ice to keep the relatives happy with our White Mountain ice cream freezer, something they still talk about.

Ed Baker said...

here is Uline Arena:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudiriet/2596171988/

the Ice House was around back...

Uline Arena was where they had the Ringling Brothers do their circus.
my grandfather used to take me there for the Wednesday Night Wrestling matches... saw Antonio Rocca and Karl von Hess many times. I also sow Joe
Lewis wrestle there... He also used to referee very sad to see when in a match Lewis was thrown out of the ring... this was early 50's...

Roller Derby was also there. and the original Washington basketball team The Washington Generals... they always played The Harlem Glob Trotters when they were in town... we always got free tickets because Abe Saperstein was a friend of my grandmother.

Uline Arena is still there... they've been trying for the last 37 years to make it an Art Place...

just what D.C. (and the World needs) more politically correct CRAP run by The D.C. Council on the Arts!

Ed Baker said...

HEY I just remembered the name on the ice box!

It was a ULINE (icebox) ..

things sure made sense back then

make the box then make the ice ...

add a little salt to the ice and make ICE CREAM!

Thompson Dairy was the local ice-cream and milk-products folks.

I still got the little insulated tin box that the bottles of milk were left in... I CAN TASTE THE CREAM on the top..

thus that saying: "the cream ALWAYS rises to the top."

and "the cream of the crop" etc.

William Michaelian said...

Good arena link...

Yes, years ago, when a city friend of the family tasted our fresh homegrown tomatoes, he said, “If people ever find out what real tomatoes taste like there will be a revolution.”

Speaking of wrestling, our town was home to none other than the great Armenian wrestler, Ali Baba. A farmer in his “retirement years,” possessed of super-human strength, he cut quite a figure when he’d visit the bank in nothing but swimming trunks and a straw hat. If that happened today, people would cower and call security.

Ed Baker said...

just noticed you mentioned Fanny Brice!

my mother was born in Manhattan in 1915 and grew up in the HOA

Fanny Brice also (before my mother was also an orphan at the HOAS...


I COULD tell you s t o r i e s !!

bring some of those Better Boys (or Big Boys) and a jug of White Lightening on over
and we'll sit a spell and
spin some yarns .... til sun-up!