An addendum/correction to my earlier post about ice deliveries in the 1940s: I got a note from my older brother last night regarding my recollections about ice deliveries, ice chips, etc. He’s nine years older than I and has a much clearer memory of those years.
As it turns out, the reason I don’t recall an icebox in our home is because there wasn’t one; we already had a refrigerator. However a lot of neighbors on our block did have iceboxes and were getting ice deliveries. And we kids did indeed get ice chips from the delivery vehicles.
I also learned that we moved into that house in 1946 (I’d have been 3 years old) and at that time horse-drawn wagons were still being used to make ice deliveries on our street. So there were horses after all. My brother even remembers where the stable was.
I was 7 years old when we moved out of that house, and in our new, more upscale neighborhood everyone had refrigerators. So no ice deliveries there. All my fuzzy memories took place at the first house.
Research says few adults remember events in their lives that happened before age 3, so those ice chips and deliveries are in the fringes of my earliest memories. I’m glad I have an older brother who can confirm they were not my imagination. Hell, I’m just glad I have an older brother.