Monthly Archives: August 2011
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Established in 1906, Ted Smallwood’s Store and Trading Post in Chokoloskee, Florida served the western edge of the Everglades as a place to trade hides, furs, farm produce, handle mail and provide goods in return.
In 1974, the store was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places and remained and open and active place of business until the early 1980s.
When the doors were shut in 1982, 90% of the origianl goods remained in the store.
Ted’s granddaughter has reopened the store as a museum and today it serves as a time capsule of Florida’s pioneering history.
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Jeans of the Old West author Michael Harris has recently been down in a mine doing some vintage denim archeology.
You can view Michael’s 3 new videos here:
Be on the lookout in the next issue of Inventory Magazine for more on Michael’s latest vintage denim adventures.
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Americans are kind of obsessed with ice. The more clinking we hear in our glass, the happier we are. We like to crunch on it, swirl it around our glass, and add more when our drink gets a little sweaty.
For many years, refrigerators in America didn’t have automatic ice makers installed. Back then, you had to buy it by the bag. If you didn’t buy it at the store, you had make it in trays, which had a pull lever which released the ice from the tray. It was a brilliant invention and I still believe the best design for making ice manually that was ever invented (leave it to the ice-loving Americans to create such a thing).
Today, you can still see ice freezers outside almost every convenience store, but people mostly just buy it to fill their portable coolers or to make homemade ice cream…anytime loads & loads of ice is needed.
Since the 1970s, almost every full-size household refrigerator sold in America has an automatic ice maker installed. This can be from the simple ice maker in the freezer, to the more sophisticated door ice dispenser refrigerator found in homes where they really love ice.
So if you’re in America, make sure that beverage you’re having is icy cold. And if not, there’s surely some ice nearby to chill it down.
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