My brother Mike emailed me this photo last night. He said this was a goodbye salute that he snapped today in his garage where this old freezer has been chugging away since 1988. That was the year our mama decided she was tired of bending over and digging through it. Besides, she no longer needed the capacity and hadn't for several years.
Mike and my sister-in-law spent the next 25 years "digging" through this old freezer. My sis-in-law was very good at keeping it and the cupboards stocked. The two of them kept promising each other that "It is going to die soon, so we will just keep it until that day."
Twenty-five years may seem like a very long life for a freezer. It is MUCH older than that. Sears only sold Coldspot through 1976. I thought that my parent's purchased this freezer in the sixties. My brother said he put the serial number 'on-line' and it matched a 1953 manufacturing date. Here is a close up of the make and model that Mike included in his email. Just in case no one believes it is the same one.
The fact remains, give or take 10 years, that this old Coldspot was still doing its job. Yes, the top was rusty and dented from having things stacked on it and dropped on it. It has seen a lot of use. (Note it was still balancing the cat litter in the photo.) But everything on the inside remained solid.
About a year ago WR and I retired an old Hotspot fridge that we kept in our garage. We think it was a model from the forties as it had a little metal box in the corner for a freezer compartment. ( A photo of the inside of that antique can be seen on a post in 2007. It is the 2nd photo.)
Sad to see them go. Nothing lasts like this anymore.
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