While freezing may be a silent process [unless you count my chattering teeth this frigid night], the same can't be said for melting. Who has not, at some time, been startled by the clatter of automatically-produced ice cubes tumbling into a bin? That would be a wholly unfamiliar sound to Mrs. O.H. Paton of 5528 Hawthorne Place N.W. in Washington D.C. It would not be until 1953—15 years after this advertisement appeared—that the ice-maker was introduced to home refrigerators. The manufacturer, in fact, was Servel.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.