Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage Company Photographs and Brochures
An Inventory of the Collection
The Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage Company was headquartered and operated in Austin, Texas from the 1940s through the 1970s. The company manufactured and delivered ice as well as stored food products (generally meat) in a cold environment. In addition to the Austin facilities there were additional Texas operations in Brenham, Burnet, Gonzales, Luling, Taylor and Yoakum. According to the Austin City Directories the business started out at 315 Guadalupe Street, Austin but moved to 301 Colorado Street soon after opening. The address remained 301 Colorado Street until 1969 when it changed to 311 Colorado. In 1972 the address changed to 300 Lavaca Street until 1980 when Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage Company was listed as a division of Frostex Foods. In addition to the main address there are several plants or "stations" listed in various locations around Austin including 311 Red River, 1901 E. 12th Street, 315 Guadalupe Street, and 2817 Guadalupe Street. From the late 1940s to the late 1950s the company also ran Southwestern Foods, Inc. at 215 W. 2nd Street, Austin, which provided food lockers (freezers) to the citizens of Austin.
The photographs and brochures in the collection are dated from the 1940s through the 1960s and were maintained by C. P. Metcalf, who held various positions at Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage including vice-president, general manager and president. The two brochures were created by the Southwestern Ice Association and include lists of Texas and Oklahoma ice manufacturing plants. The photographs are a combination of professional pictures most likely taken for marketing purposes, and amateur snapshots. There are images of interiors and exteriors the various Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage facilities, employees working, and ice manufacturing machinery.
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Donated by the family of C. P. Metcalf, president of Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage.
Southwestern Ice & Cold Storage Photographs and Brochures (AR.2013.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1989/053
Donation Date: 2013
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.
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