Saturday, October 18, 2003

Ancient, working fridge 'gets all the attention'

Prized possessions

By Marsie Hall Newbold
Enquirer contributor

Who: Pat Burnham of Cheviot, a territory manager for Singer Wallcoverings.

What: A wooden, three-door, working 78-year-old refrigerator.

Where: Built into the wall of her breakfast room.

One-of-a-kind: When Burnham and her late husband, Robert, purchased their home 15 years ago, they were charmed by its unusual features.

Frosty find: "We bought it from the original owners," Burnham says. "The refrigerator was not working, but a man who worked for my husband who had been in refrigeration for years said, 'I'm going to get it working.' And he did."

Handy-dandy: The refrigerator, made of yellow pine, has a small freezer on top that holds two ice cube trays. Burnham keeps it stocked with soft drinks.

Cold competition: Burnham has a new refrigerator/freezer with an icemaker.

"I would think that the big one in the kitchen hates the other one," she says, "because the one in the breakfast room gets all the attention. After all, I show it to everyone and it gets defrosted every week."

Share your prized possessions with Marsie Hall Newbold c/o The Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; e-mail: Please include a daytime, weekday telephone number.

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