Sunday, November 7, 2010
I've Always Wondered How....
sellers in online businesses got their names for their websites. I know that mine evolved out of where we use to live.
In 1990, we moved to a small rural town about 25 miles outside Baltimore into what was a converted ice house. The house that we rented for 14 years was much like the one in the top picture. It was a ice house in it's former farm life and sometime along the way, it was converted into a house.
From what I recall of the history of the farm that it was on, the farm was established in 1905 with a grand mansion, a carriage house, barn and an ice house. I'm sure that many, many other out buildings existed on the property at some point, but with time and neglect they weren't in existence in 1990.
The house we lived in, and I can't believe that I don't have a full picture of the darn thing, was made into a split level. The original ice house side had 24" stone walls on the bottom, with a clapboard shingled second story. That side was completed sometime during the Great Depression as some family member ran onto hard luck and needed a place to live. The other side of the house was added sometime in the 50's to make the house a split level.
We had a concrete kitchen floor over the pit area, which is a prominent feature of ice houses, shown in the second picture and below the kitchen area, there was a sub basement with a wooden floor and below that was an area we called "the pit". The pit would be used to store ice that was skimmed off a river but most likely a pond to aid in keeping perishable foods fresh...remember this was before the days of refrigeration, when the refrig was very accurately called the icebox.
The sub basement of the house has some history of it's own. When the second half of the home was added in the early 50's being the practical, scared Americans that the family was at the time, they created a bomb shelter under that concrete kitchen floor. It was amazing to me to see just what level of preparedness, that those hardy farm folk would go to.
Anyway, when I started selling online on ebay, I needed a name, so I came up with IceHouseCrafts. I now use that name for everything...my etsy, my ebay, artfire, my website and my blog. I know somewhat quirky but it works for me. I'd love to hear how everybody else came up with their business names.