This is a public service announcement mothers might have seen
when Savti was a kid.
When Dana's grandmother Florence AKA "Savti" was a
kid, the kitchen and the way food was handled was very different.
Most people had ice boxes instead of refrigerators. In some
apartment buildings, there were actually little doors opening
from the back porch directly into the back of the ice box. Ice
men would haul heavy blocks of ice up the stairs, open these
little doors and put the ice inside.
Ice came from frozen lakes. Huge blocks were packed in sawdust
and stored in ice houses for use during the summer.
Frozen food was just beginning to show up in markets in the
1930s. So salting was still an important way to keep meat from
Pasterization of milk, to kill a variety of germs, was just
starting to become the standard. And the government was just
setting up rules for how vegetables should be canned. Food could
be a very scary thing! So chickens and ducks were sold live and
you picked your butcher by how clean his store was.
Here's a couple of fun links to give you some idea what shopping
was like when Savti was little.