ICE COUPON BOOKLET - GAINESVILLE ICE and COLD STORAGE COMPANY (FLORIDA) c1940's

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller neat_stuff_from_ohio (4,863) 100%, Location: Dayton, Ohio, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 281319867624 GAINESVILLE ICE & COLD STORAGE COMPANY. ICE COUPON BOOKLET. Believed to be Circa 1940's. TYPE OF SCRIPOPHILY, EXONUMIA, NOTAPHILY: Ice House Coupon Booklet, circa 1940s. This listing is for ONE ice coupon booklet. COMPANY NAME: Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company. ADDRESS: 1201 N. Grove Street. CITY, COUNTY & STATE: Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida. TELEPHONE NUMBER: 1067. BOOKLET PRINTED BY: Weldon, Williams and Lick of Fort Smith, Arkansas. DATE ON BOOKLET & YEARS OLD: Based upon our research, be believe the booklet was printed and issued in the early 1940's making it approximately 70-years old. PRODUCTS PURCHASED: Prepayment booklet for blocks of ice. VALUE OF GOODS: Varied by year and time of year purchased. Booklet is redeemable only for ice. TYPE OF DOCUMENT: Block ice coupon booklet. GENERAL COLOR: Cover is an off-white with red and black inks. MEASUREMENTS: 5" x 2½ " (12,7 cm x 6,4 cm). NUMBER OF PAGES: 6 pages (1 "Agreement" page, five-pages of coupons). NUMBER OF COUPONS: 20, (five-pages with four 25-pound coupons totaling 500 pounds). BOOKLET'S WEIGHT: 0.4 ounce, 11 grams. SERIAL NUMBER: From the 1600 or 1700 series. EMBOSSING: None. SERRATIONS: Coupons are serrated for easy removal. TAXATION/REVENUE/OTHER STAMPS: None. CORNERS & PAGES: Absolutely superb condition. When we acquired these ice coupon booklets, they were in their original Weldon, Williams and Lick shipping container - thus, no dust, dirt, smudges, etc. This listing is for ONE ice coupon booklet. HOLES, TEARS, DAMAGE: None. Booklet is in superb condition, it almost looks like new (as it has been stored in its original factory-sealed box). ADDITIONAL NOTES: All pages and coupons are present and intact. GENERAL DISCLAIMER: Due to the booklet's age, there MAY display some minor discoloration or "browning" along the edges. Other than that, the booklet is "like new" as it has been stored in its original shipping container for decades. ABOUT THE ITEM: The ice house coupon booklet you receive will be selected at random from a group of Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company booklets that are in superb condition. Ice coupon booklets were intended to be purchased in advance from the ice company (at their "current market price"). When ice was delivered, the homeowner (or business owner, such as grocers) would tear out the appropriate number of coupons to "pay" for the poundage of ice that was delivered. This served several purposes: The ice company received their money "up front" -and- the coupons kept the drivers from having to handle money or make change. In the United States, ice booklet coupons were typically in printed in denominations of 10, 25, 50 and 100 pounds. In this particular booklet, each coupon was good for 25-pounds of ice. WHAT'S AN ICE HOUSE?: Prior to the availability of household refrigeration, perishable food was kept in an "ice box." Ice was delivered to homes every week by horse-drawn wagon (later, by truck). The homeowner would hang an "ice sign" in their front window so that the wagon driver would know whether the owner wanted 25, 50, 75 or 100 pounds of ice (before the driver even stopped his wagon). We have included an example of an ice sign in this listing's photographs as well as a1941 letter / envelope from the Gainesville Ice & Cold Storage Company and a 1937 newspaper advertisement (Note: The ice sign, newspaper advertisement, envelope and corresondence IS NOT included with the listing). During the winter months in the Northern states, ice house employees would go to the local lake, "harvest" massive blocks of ice, transport the blocks to the local ice house, pack them closely together, and insulate them (against melting) with sawdust. Ice companies in larger (or distant) cities would purchase ice from the bigger ice companies who would then ship the ice by railcar. As commercial refrigeration become available in the early 1900's, the larger ice houses were able to manufacture their own ice "in house" continuously. Ice houses typically also delivered heating oil, fuel oil and kerosene. We suspect that initially, the Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company probably had their ice shipped in from "up north" by rail. We noticed the original building was immediately adjacent to a set of railroad tracks. During the early 1900's, commercial refrigeration was just beginning. The refrigerant used was Ammonia (which is still used today in many cold storage warehouses). In a "can plant," cans are submersed in a super-cooled brine solution and filled with water. After the water inside of the can freezes, the can is lifted out of the brine solution with a hoist and lowered into a "thaw tank" to loosen the ice. The can is then moved to the "ice dump" where the ice is removed and then stored in the warehouse. A standard size can would make 300-pounds of ice each cycle and the temperature of the brine solution was around 13-degrees Fahrenheit. Many ice houses also employed "plate tanks." One ice house we researched had a plate tank that measured 18-feet long by 12-feet wide and averaged between 11" and 14" deep. The plate tank was filled with water, in about 6-days the water froze, the sidewalls of the tank were warmed, and the massive block of ice dumped out. Once removed, the ice is sawed into blocks that typically weighed 25-pounds. ABOUT THE GAINESVILLE ICE and COLD STORAGE CO: We discovered there were a number of ice houses that had operated in Gainesville during the 20th Century. An article on Page 2 of the June 15, 1903 Gainesville Daily Sun mentioned the Success Ice Company had "iced four refrigerator cars" several days before (as a test) using their new "process ice." The Success Ice Company was making their product with what is known as the "compressed process" (as opposed to the condensed process). We came across an article in a trade-magazine called "Cold Storage and Ice Trade Journal." In its October 1905 edition, it reported: "H. F. Watts has purchased the building, plant, etc., of the Success Ice Company and will install a new 10-ton can plant. The name of the company has been changed to the Gainesville Ice Company." An article on Page 8 of the September 25, 1905 edition of the Gainesville Daily Sun shared the following observation regarding The Success Ice Company (on West Main Street S): "As is well known, the Success Ice Company proved anything but the name it suggests... proved nothing but a continued round of experiments, having passed into several hands within the three years of its existence." The 1907 Gainesville City Directory listed two ice companies operating in the city that year: The Diamond Ice Company and the Gainesville Ice Factory. We viewed approximately fifty-editions of the Gainesville Daily Sun from 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1909 - and could find absolutely no advertising for either the Success Ice Company -or- the Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company during those years. Inasmuch, we are not sure if they were the same company, different companies or both went out of business. In addition, our research puts the two names at two different addresses approximately 30-years apart. In the October 13, 1934 edition of "Tulane at Gainesville" football program, an advertisement for the GI&CSC appears on Page 30 advertising Hickory Smoked, Meat Curing, and Sugar Cured. Again, their phone number was listed at 1067. The 1938 Gainesville City Directory lists only the Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company owned by John Lear George. John Lear George was born in Mendon, Utah and later came east as a railroad employee and resided in Waldo. Eventually he moved to Gainesville and entered into the ice and cold storage business. In the 1940's, the Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company was located at 1201 N. Grove Street, Gainesville, Florida. At the time, their phone number was 1067. As automatic telephone switching equipment was installed, their phone number became 375-5505. A 1940's Gainesville city map showed the GI&CSC on the map. It's placement showed it was bordered by Grove Street to the west, Cypress Avenue to the south, Hampton Avenue to the north -and- Pleasant Street to the east. It also had convenient access to railroad tracks less than a block. On July 1, 1950, for some reason, Gainesville got rid of all of their "home town" street names and numbered all of their streets like a part's warehouse. North Grove Street became NW 4th Street. The other streets also became numbered with directional points of a compass. 1201 NW 4th Street is now a small residence that was built in 1981, the Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company long ago bulldozed. Nowhere can we find the Gainesville Ice and Cold Storage Company with an address on NW 4th Street so we have concluded it probably ceased operations in the 1950s. The last Gainesville City Directory that references "a" Gainesville Ice Company is 1975. ABOUT THE COUPON BOOKS' PRINTER: Weldon, Williams and Lick was a ticket and coupon booklet printer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1898, Chauncey A. Lick, then an owner of Thrash-Lick, sold his interest in that firm and then, with O. D. Weldon and George T. Williams, established the firm of Weldon, Williams & Lick. Lick became President; Weldon, Vice President; and Williams, Secretary-Treasurer. At first they did general printing and, for a time, a weekly newspaper, The Fort Smith Elevator. Early on in the firm's history, the owners could not agree on which markets they would pursue. Weldon liked the newspaper business, while Williams saw greener pastures in coal ventures in South Sebastian County, but Lick wished to concentrate on specialty printing and became interested in the manufacturing of admission tickets for theatrical events. The friendly disagreement was resolved in the early 1900's when Williams sold his interest and Weldon discontinued an active role in the business. This left Lick with controlling interest and therefore the freedom to follow his own ideas. From the beginning, Lick's idea had been to steer the company toward "numbered printing," such as reserved seat tickets and coupon books. That he succeeded and then attracted customers of national renown to a place as remote as Fort Smith was as tribute to his skills as a businessman, craftsman and salesperson. When Ringling Brothers Circus showed under the "Big Top," WW&L printed about 95 percent of their tickets. In the 1910's and 1920's, WW&L developed a nationwide business with thoroughbred racetracks - - - printing their pari-mutuel tickets. This was very large volume work and provided jobs for many people. Sadly, the mechanical automation of pari-mutuel ticket printing (called the Totalisator system) decimated their pari-mutuel ticket business. Scale tickets and windshield stickers began to show some promise in the 1930's. While researching this coupon booklet, we were stunned to learn that Weldon, Williams and Lick not only survived The Great Depression, but is still in business today. After thirteen additions to the building complex, WW&L now occupies 190,000 square feet of floor space, employs 330 people (each with an average 15 years of service). [Our thanks to and research credited to: wwlinc.com]. DISCOUNTS: Due to the rarity and oddity of this booklet, no discounts are being offered to museums, colleges, universities, or libraries wishing to expand their collections. WARRANTY and/or RETURNS: This historical ice coupon booklet is subject to individual interpretation. We have made every effort to list the information and condition as accurately as possible and included a sharp photographic images: Thus, no warranty or returns on this item. HOW FAST IT'S GOING TO GET TO YOU: As soon as PayPal notifies us that your payment has been posted, your item will be packaged, labeled, and readied for shipping. Shipping is usually the same day or next day. We don't like to wait on our items to be mailed - we're guessing you don't either. Don't have a PayPal account? Please, feel free to contact us to see if other arrangements can be made (we're actually pretty easy to get along with). INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: This item WILL SHIP INTERNATIONALLY. 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Thus, this item is not insurable. We don't make eBay's policies, we simply have to try to keep up with them. SHIPPING and HANDLING COST: There is no excessive "padding" with this item's shipping and handling. It ships United States First Class Mail to your United States address. It ships United States First Class International Mail to your foreign address. Foreign addresses will incur a $1.00 custom's form fee for completing the required United States customs forms required to ship this item internationally. Your coupon booklet will be bagged, carded (to minimize folding in transit) and shipped in a bubble pack mailer to better protect it. SECURITY FEATURE: The photographs posted on eBay contain digital watermarks to reduce fraud. These watermarks are not on the actual item - only the photographs. In addition, the photos may contain an inventory number to assist in locating the exact item in the inventory. All available photos have been posted with the listing. 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Condition: Coupon booklet is in excellent condition / never in circulation; has been stored in the printer's original shipping box. Booklet MAY have some minor discoloration along the edges from decades of age / contact with the shipping container., Maker: Weldon, Williams and Lick, printers., Type of Collectable: Vintage Ice House Coupon Booklet, General Condition: Excellent, almost like-new

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