In the days before electric refrigeration, Conway residents relied on ice boxes, which held large blocks of ice, to keep their foods cold. These blocks of ice were created at local ice house and then delivered to customers’ homes.
The ice deliverymen would run a route down city streets looking for the “ice card” in the window of a home, indicating the resident needed 10, 25, 50 or 100 pounds of ice delivered. The ice block was then carried from the delivery wagon into the house using either a set of tongs or a canvas bag.
Putting the ice in the bag kept it clean and kept it from dripping on the customer’s floor. The bag had a metal bottom, much like a shallow tray, and the sides of the bag were of heavy canvas.
This artifact is part of the permanent collection at the Faulkner County Museum and is on exhibit there. To see more artifacts, visit the museum, its Facebook page or its website www.faulknercountymuseum.org. Help preserve the county’s history by supporting the museum.