So I started with this old icebox that found me. It was made by the Coolerator Corp. It has no electricity. The top had a shelf set at an angle and the bottom had shelves for the food. Evidently the top was where you put your blocks of ice. It had a drain too that must have gone to a drip pan below. Or maybe your floor, if it was grass. So we tipped it on its side and removed the base, brushed off the rust and gilded the legs in silver. Working on fridges on their side kinda freaks me out. It makes them also coffin-like.

The doors are made of wood. Actually the whole things is wood based with metal and ceramic coating. I had to pull off all the gasketing. It was so brittle, it just cracked off. They don't make gaskets for appliances of this age anymore, according to my pals at AntiqueAppliances with whom I consult on many projects. If it were to again be used as an icebox I'd have to create my own seal using modern gasketing. But I don't know where I'd find an iceman to come each day with a block of ice.

It is decorated in a pattern reminiscent of my grandfather's pajamas. And filled with kindness.

THE KINDNESS COOLERATOR, 2007


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