Refrigerator Car Model

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Description
This refrigerator car model was made by employees of the car-building and car-repair shops of the Merchant Despatch Transportation Corporation (MDT) around 1905. The Merchant Despatch Corporation operated express freight cars carrying meat and perishable foods for approximately 128 years between the Northeast, Chicago, and other western states including California. The use of refrigerator cars with blocks of ice to preserve food began in the 1860s. From the late 1880s fast rail distribution of perishable food radically changed the American diet by allowing fresh produce to be delivered nationwide at any time of the year.
Date made
1905
Associated Place
United States: New England
United States: Pacific Coast
United States: Mountain Region
Physical Description
wood (part material)
metal (part material)
stone (part material)
Measurements
overall: 14 1/2 in x 10 in x 39 in; 36.83 cm x 25.4 cm x 99.06 cm
ID Number
2000.0032.01
accession number
2000.0032
catalog number
2000.0032.01
Credit Line
Gift of Merchants Despatch Transportation Corporation
subject
Patent Models
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Exhibition
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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