Iceless “Ice Box” Lowered in Ground Keeps the Food Cool (Oct, 1932)

Iceless “Ice Box” Lowered in Ground Keeps the Food Cool

A COUNTERWEIGHT on one end, and a cylindrical container on the other end of a steel rope running over two pulleys supported on a pole, makes up the major portion of an ingenious contrivance for cooling foods.

The container, shown in the accompanying photo, fits loosely into a seven-foot hole in the ground lined with a steel casing. It has three shelves, and a door closes it off from the outside. Three iron rods about four feet long run from the top of this “cooler” container to the sustaining end of the rope or cable.

At the point where these rods are connected there is a large circular cover securely fastened. As the cooler is eased downward into the casing in the ground this cover settles over the brim of the casing, and closes it off from the outside. The photograph shows the cover within a few inches of the brim, the cooler being inside the casing.

This cover and the fact that the container is suspended by it several inches above the bottom of the hole, keeps rodents, dirt, and water out of the cooler. The counterweight keeps the device stationary at any level it is moved to.

  1. jayessell says: April 18, 200712:59 pm

    Look at the cover!

    I doubt that ladys’ hat will stay on!

    I thought I saw a newsreel of this.
    I can’t remember if the seats were ‘escape pod’ like closed capsules or open seats.
    I almost remember them rotating out of the plane.

    To us in the 21st century, we wonder about the great expense of the parachutes and having multiple doors in the fusilage.

    That and lawsuits.

    A modern version would have closed capsules mechanically positioned over a hatch in the floor that functions like a Bomber’s Bomb Bay Doors.

    They should have that in modern airliners, except with an airlock to prevent depressurizing the main cabin.

    (For disposal of drunks and terrorists.)

  2. Charlie says: April 18, 20071:17 pm

    Yeah it’s craaaazy. I’m going to post that article tomorrow.

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