- Period of Use: 1802 to Early 1900s
- Made Obsolete By: The Modern Refrigerator
Before the Icebox, a lot of food used to go bad much quicker than it should. Although spices helped to stop this a bit, we knew that cold meat would last longer. The question ultimately was how to keep it cool. That answer was solved with the Icebox. Of course, we knew the concept. We used some form of freezing or cooling dating back to the 1700s BCE. However, the Icebox made more sense than previous methods. Some of which included underground cellars, caves, etc.
Thomas Moore’s Icebox was invented in 1802 and could be placed in the home. It looked a lot like a cabinet with the best version being wrapped with tin or zinc on the inside, using cork, sawdust, or even seaweed for insulation. A large block of ice would be inside a tray at the top of the Icebox. It would be a huge hit, doing the job of keeping things cool well. Yet it would join the realm of obsolete tech products with the arrival of the modern refrigerator. It was great while it lasted!