These tin cigar boxes with a hinged top were a favorite for storing miscellaneous household items and were often found in workshops for storing nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
The ice box was common prior to electricity. This ice box was manufactured by the D. Eddy & Sons Company of Boston Mass. The company was established in 1847 and remained in business through 1906. Ice was provided by the "ice man" who, in the winter, harvested large pieces of ice from nearby lakes and [...]
Always found near the fireplace or stove before self igniting burners, this metal container held a box of "safety matches". The matches were scratched on an abrasive surface surface on the side of the box to ignite them. (Note the opening on the side to expose the abrasive surface) Safety matches are still used today, [...]
Prior to the refrigerator of today when homes did not have electricity, the ice box was the way perishable foods such as milk, eggs and butter were kept cold. The "Ice Man" would sell blocks of ice from his ice house where he stored ice that he harvested from nearby lakes and ponds during the [...]