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Antique White Frost Round Ice Box

September 2nd, 2009 · 35 Comments

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White Frost Sanitary Refrigerator

In order to keep food from spoiling back in the days before electric refrigeration, it was necessary to keep it in an icebox. These units were made of wood or metal and the food was kept chilled by adding blocks of ice. The ice was delivered by the iceman on his horse drawn ice truck. He knew which customers were in need of ice by the sign the woman of the house would leave in a window that was visible from the street. The sign was on a square piece of cardboard with varying amounts of ice printed on it. For example: 25, 50, 75 or 100 lbs. of ice. The customer would turn the desired amount to the top of the card as a signal to the iceman so he would know how large a block of ice to cut. This was very handy to the deliveryman to prevent lugging a massive chunk of ice up several flights of stairs, only to find out the inhabitants didn’t need it. Stories tell of icemen hurling unwanted ice over balconies to avoid carrying it all the way back down. The ice smashing onto the street would be much to the delight of the children below who would pick up the pieces of ice to suck on them.

This unit was manufactured by the White Frost Refrigerator Co. around 1918 and was called the White Frost Sanitary Refrigerator. The ice was deposited into the top compartment of the icebox. The food was placed on one of three tiers of wire below. These racks turned, like a lazy-Susan. The ice normally lasted about three days before it had to be replaced. Water drained from out the base of the icebox to a pan that was positioned below. This pan had to be emptied as the ice melted, to avoid flooding the kitchen. This model also has a water dispenser located on the side.

Electric-powered refrigerators were made available to the public as early as 1913. But either because of economic considerations, or resistance to change, many people were still using ice and ice boxes in the US until as recently as the 1960s.

1918 Round Metal Icebox

Produced: About 1918
Manufactured by: White Frost Refrigerator Co.

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35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 daniel fink // Oct 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I have one of these white frost ice box mine dates from 1906 to 1908 on the lid how much is it worth mine is in orginal condition

  • 2 vintagevending // Oct 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm


    We are not able to give estimates on value since we are no longer in the restoration business. You can check eBay and Craig’s List, sometimes items like this pop up. If anyone else has information, please post. Thanks.

  • 3 clarence maron // Jan 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I have a unit like this would like to know value

  • 4 vintagevending // Jan 15, 2010 at 10:39 am


    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of an item. If you keep an eye on Ebay or Craig’s List, the item is sure to be listed at some point. That may give you a rough idea of it’s value but keep in mind prices vary greatly depending on condition. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 5 dunwondering // Mar 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I to have one of these vintage round ice box. It is out of my grandparents summer home. It does not have the water container side (not sure it ever did). I’ve ran across two of these in my travels, they must be fairly rare. Like most, I am curious as to it’s worth.

  • 6 Mel Hazzard // Apr 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I have a 1908 White Frost Sanitary Refrigerator that I would like to sale. I am wondering if you might be interested in buying it or could provide me contact information of any collectors you may know that may be interested in purchasing it. The unit is in excellent condition. I am located in central Ohio.

  • 7 vintagevending // Apr 9, 2010 at 8:51 am


    Your should try ebay or Craig’s List. I’m sure that it will sell, especially if it’s in excellent condition!

  • 8 Jessica Buehler // Aug 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

    We have an ice box that we are restoring. I’m trying to find a nickle plated handle for the top as well as the hinges for the top. Can you give me any suggestions…..

    I have found new hinges and a latch for the door.

  • 9 Carl // Sep 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I have a similar designed ice box in my shop. The manufacturer is “The Home Products Corporation”. Do you know where I can get information on this unit?

  • 10 joe // Oct 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    im looking for info on a round ice box made by “the home products corporation”

  • 11 Steve // Feb 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

    We just purchased one without the water bottle. It’s not restored but is in great condition. Paint is 90% gone but it’s clean and the metal held up really well. So far 4 people have been over since yesterday and none of them had ever seen one like it. That is one of the reasons we bought it because it’s uncommon and people are curious and enlightened by it. I don’t know if I’m going to ever restore it. It looks pretty cool the way it is. Yours looks awsome.

  • 12 Don Stull // Mar 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m interested in buying one of these if someone would like to sell.

  • 13 danny adams // May 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    i have a unit like this one i would like to sell

  • 14 Debbie Romani // May 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I have one too. Don’t know much about the history. On the inside of the lid it is marked – Patented, The Home Products Corporation, Jackson Michigan. Is this also known as Frost White? Was it originally painted white with gold trim? This one is in good shape just needs paint.

  • 15 maryschacht // Aug 8, 2011 at 1:09 am

    We have two white frost ice box, and we are making ropro castings of the hinges, if anyone needs them. We could also repro the rotating shelf unit inside if there was enough interest.

    We need a handle for the lid! We can make repro castings if somebody would just loan us a handle. 1 of ours has the ice tub which lined the upper ice chamber.

  • 16 JULIE SPISAK // Aug 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I have one in my antique shop that someone painted cocacola it is for sale for $600.00 it has been restored and in great shape

  • 17 casey // Sep 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I have a white frost icebox im restoring, and am looking for a picture of the origional logo on the unit itself so i can repaint it, ive found some old adds but the logo is too distorted to see, can anyone help.

  • 18 Jerry // Nov 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I have a nice white frost round ice box I would consider selling I am however interested in a picture of one with the correct label on the front

  • 19 Karen Phillips // Dec 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I have one that I bought from my Step-father-in-laws estate. We want to restore it. Does anyone have a pic of an original???

  • 20 rick martin // Apr 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Does anyone know where I can get a bottle – that is all that is missing from mine

  • 21 Laura // Jun 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’m looking for the hardware (all hinges, latch and handles). Does anyone know where I can find them? E-mail me- depotte5@gmail.com


  • 22 Ken Anderson // Aug 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I have a unit in perfect condition with no paint ready for someone to restore. It is for sale in Atlanta area.

  • 23 William // Sep 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I have a ice box but I don’t have the water bottle please if any one has this please contact me at 615 4830405 Thanks

  • 24 Linda White // Oct 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I have one of these the lid once opened reads: Patented, The Home Products Corporation, Jackson Michigan. I am selling it, in the Houston area. 936-365-3352

  • 25 Rodney Holland // Feb 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I collect Wood Iceboxes, and just stumbled onto this photo, and am amazed. I didn’t know these existed at the same period as the wood boxes, and would like to acquire one that is in real good condition. I live in The Villages in Florida, but my kids live in Tennessee, so I can travel if required.
    Rodney Holland

  • 26 J Fuller // Mar 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I have one for sale in the NW AR region. Has been painted with latex, but galvanized metal is showing. Has castors in great condition. Has all shelves, hardware, and ice tub. joymissy@yahoo.com

  • 27 philip ingui // Mar 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Rodney Holland I am in lady lake Florida and I have one . Call 678-243-9498 Phil

  • 28 Teresa young // Apr 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I have one of these for sale in the Williamsburg VA area. Doesn’t have water bottle and has been painted but is in great shape. Even has ice coupon book with it! Call 804-413-1250.

  • 29 bill stanhope // Apr 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I would like to buy one in New England/eastern New York. Please email or call (978)290-0566
    Thanks, Bill Stanhope

  • 30 William // Nov 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I still need the water bottle on this ice box please if you can help

  • 31 Sara // Mar 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

    We have one listed for sale you can view the add at


  • 32 MagiMay Medrano // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I have an antique round top metal ice box in great condition with wheels and lazy-susan. Email me if interested. fammedrano@bak.rr.com

  • 33 michael // Jun 6, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I need a lid. Can anyone help me? This is a project a friend of mine and I are working on. Any help would be awesome! Thank you

  • 34 Dorothy York // Nov 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I have a round metal icebox in very good condition. All handles, and hinges are sold brass. We had the LazySusan inside chromed as well as the covers over the wheels. It has the metal tub (or lining) inside for
    the ice. I am interested in selling this item. I have had it as a show piece in my home for 45 years. If you are interested, please e-mail me at the above e-mail address. Thank you

  • 35 Dorothy York // Nov 8, 2017 at 8:10 am

    My e-mail address is tndyork@bellsouth.net

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