This is probably more of an Antique Thingie than a Vintage Thingie, but it's my most favorite Old Thingie I've got - my icebox:
The icebox was the common appliance for providing refrigeration in the home before safe refrigerants made mechanical refrigerators useful.
Commonly iceboxes were made of wood, most probably for ease of construction, insulation, and aesthetics. Many were handsome pieces of furniture. Mine is an oak cabinet icebox that would likely be found in well-to-do homes around the turn of the century.
Iceboxes had hollow walls that were lined with tin or zinc and packed with various insulating materials such as cork, sawdust, straw or seaweed. A large block of ice was held in a tray or compartment near the top of the box - the top left compartment on mine. Cold air circulated down and around storage compartments in the lower section. Some finer models had spigots for draining ice water from a catch pan or holding tank. In other models a drip pan was placed under the box and had to be emptied at least daily - this is probably the case with mine, altho I don't have the drip pan.
When Hubby's father passed away, this is one of the few things we got from his house. All hubby wanted was his daddy's pool stick. All I wanted was this icebox. I don't know its history, but I know I love it! And it makes a great conversation piece.
Funny thing is, hubby and I both call the refrigerator the "icebox" as well, so when we tell the kids to go put something in the icebox, they'll sometimes ask, "Which one?"