DiMola Bros team chills out after finding a vintage fridge in Queens garbage cleanup job

I found this refrigerator on a basement cleanout. The ice pick came from a garbage removal job. For me, finding two items that go together on two separate jobs is like Christmas. Only this time, I may need your help figuring out what the *%$! these were used for.

The refrigerator is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a refrigerator.

Still, I’m not sure when it was produced. Although there’s a freezer, it doesn’t have an automatic ice maker, which tells me it was probably manufactured before 1955 (I found some pretty cool ads for the new automatic ice makers in the 1950s).

The second item is this ice pick. And from what I know about old refrigerators and freezers, this could have been used for one of two things…

First, it could have been used to chip away the ice around the freezer when it seeped into the fridge. Back before refrigerators and freezers were completely isolated from each other, the freezer is what kept the refrigerator cold. The ice would form a layer around the freezer and into the fridge. This pick might have been used to get rid of the unwanted ice.

Or, it could have just been used to scoop ice cubes out of a tray. That seems simpler.

Do you know what this item was used for? Comment on the blog to help a blogger out.

DiMola Bros Rubbish Removal
1640 Summerfield St.
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Phone: 718-326-6969
Fax: 718-326-7979
NGDimola@aol.com / http://dimolabros.com

~ by DiMolaBros1956 on November 9, 2011.

One Response to “DiMola Bros team chills out after finding a vintage fridge in Queens garbage cleanup job”

  1. Hi Nick, it looks like my old refrigerator, probably from the late 1940’s to 1950’s. I remember my Mom’s fridge looked like that!

    After the fridge was turned off, Mom put boiling water in pots and put them in the bottom of the fridge to help the ice melt faster.

    I think the ice pick was just that..to scrape the melting ice,
    Good luck with your finds!

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