Mr. kenju and I went to our local cafeteria tonight and ran into a couple we have known for a while, who joined us for dinner. The guy was telling stories about some people he has known or known about in our area, and recounted a story he heard about a local man back in the 1950's.
The guy had a brand new Cadillac sedan, and they were big and roomy in those days. His car had air conditioning, which was apparently not yet common in automobiles. He and another guy decided to go to NYC one summer and chose to drive instead of flying, since he had a way to stay cool. The story goes that about the time he reached Richmond, VA, his air conditioning went out. Being an enterprising sort of guy, he located a local ice plant and instructed them to fill the back seat of the Cadillac with as much crushed ice as it would hold. He and his passenger then headed north again, trailing a constant drip of cold water all the way to New York. Upon return to our town, he told friends that they remained very cool all the way north.
Nothing was said about mildew in the backseat, but I wonder if that was a problem later on....LOL