Historical Tidbit: Neighborhood Businesses

1930’s Ice Box
As towns grew it became profitable to open shops in neighborhoods to fill local needs. They filled a need when people were spreading out from the center of town and before the time when every household had a car. These shops had ethnic flavor depending on which immigrants settled locally. The shop would have foods culturally common to those who lived near it. Many of these shops had refrigerated coolers and offered butcher shops and specialty cuts of meats. This is where a person would find Linguiça from Portugal, Potatiskorv from Sweden, and Bratwurst from Germany.
Before World War II, not every home had a refrigerator, frozen foods were not as common as today and purchasing a week’s supply of fresh meat did not keep well in an “ice box”. Some folks still had ice boxes up until the 1950s. I can remember the iceman delivering to the house across the street from my home on Main Street.
Respectfully Submitted, David Moore