Vegetable Shipments in Refrigerated Boxcars


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Vegetable Shipments in Refrigerated Boxcars

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Vegetables in Refrigerated Boxcars


Ice industry--United States
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery--United States
Refrigerator cars--United States
Sanford (Fla.)


Vegetables being crated for shipment by rail during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Each boxcar was refrigerated by blocks of ice provided by local ice houses in Sanford. With the introduction of ice houses and refrigeration, farmers were able to harvest their crops more efficiently and to take in more profits from the better preserved fruits and vegetables. Farmers in relied on local ice houses to better preserve their crops before and during transport to markets. Box cars were also refrigerated to ensure that produce crops remained fresh until they were sold. Many farmers in Sanford, Florida grew celery during the early-1900s and utilized the local ice houses to store their produce. It was recommended that celery kept in ice refrigeration be stored at 32-34 degrees Fahrenheit.


Original black and white photograph: Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.


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Print reproduction of original black and white photograph: Sanford Historical Society, Inc. Sanford. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

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Digital reproduction of print reproduction of original black and white photograph.

Is Part Of

Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Ice Houses of Sanford Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

Sanford, page 71.




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1 black and white photograph


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Sanford, Florida

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28.799877, -81.273395

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SS.K.A.1.2; SS.K.E.1.1; SS.1.A.1.1; SS.1.E.1.3; SS.1.E.1.4; SS.2.A.1.1; SS.3.A.1.1; SS.4.A.1.1; SS.4.A.6.1; SS.4.E.1.2; SS.5.A.1.1; SS.6.W.1.3; SS.8.A.1.2; SS.8.A.1.5; SS.8.A.4.5; SS.8.A.4.6; SS.912.A.1.1; SS.912.A.1.4; SS.912.A.1.6; SS.912.A.3.1; SS.912.A.3.2; SS.912.A.3.4; SS.912.A.4.11; SS.912.A.5.4; SS.912.E.1.1; SS.912.E.1.3; SS.912.E.2.12; SS.912.W.1.3; SS.912.W.6.1; SS.912.W.6.2


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Copyright to this resource is held by the Sanford Museum and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

Hiles, Theron L. The Ice Crop, How to Harvest, Store, Ship and Use Ice: A Complete Practical Treatise for Farmers, Dairymen, Ice Dealers, Produce Shippers, Meat Packers, Cold Storers, and All Interested in Ice Houses, Cold Storage and the Handling or Use of Ice in Any Way. New York: Orange Judd Company, 1893.
Wallis-Tayler, Alexander James. Refrigeration, Cold Storage and Ice-making: A Pratical Treatise on the Art and Science of Refrigeration. London: Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1902.
Sanford Historical Society, Inc. Sanford. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

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