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Old 03-27-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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My 1997 Ford Van doesn't have a glove box.

News, What might you expect to find in the glove compartment of the ‘fastest girl on Earth’? According to the extraordinary holder of that title in 1905, Dorothy Levitt, there should be a mirror for personal use, but also "to occasionally hold up to see what is behind you" and "a small revolver."

Why is a glove box called a glove box?
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:21 PM
 
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would you rather it be called a gun box?
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:50 PM
 
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Because back in the day - gloves were put in the glove box. Because when you drove you needed to wear gloves.

Now the owners manual takes up the majority of space in it, I keep mine in the "glove box" or some other storage area, because you never know when you may need it. There is so much going on in cars these days that occasionally you need to RTFM to figure out what is going on.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:50 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The frustrating thing is that they have shrunk so much due to the passenger airbag. I actually remember when people used them for gloves, back in the 50s.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The term was "Glove Compartment". My dad, who started driving in 1914, called it a "Cubby hole". My mother got her license in 1924, at the peak of Cubby Hole's popularity.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...%20box%3B%2Cc0

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Old 03-28-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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I remember when some glove compartment doors acted as a drink holder when open. Pop it open and the door fully opens in a flat horizontal position with two slightly recessed round slots where you placed your soda while sitting at the drive in burger joint. Some models had a key lock on the door which allowed owners to place valuables inside when using valet parking. Some dumb companies had the lock using the exact same key as the ignition key.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Area 51.5
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Glove compartment.

I, too, keep my manual, along with maintenance receipts, in my glove compartment.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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I kept my piggy back ecu, my gauge modules, and my ipod in mine. No storage what so ever going on in there!
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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We had a new Ford Aerostar back in the day and my mom used it to house her hoarding collection of ketchup packets
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:30 AM
 
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We had a new Ford Aerostar back in the day and my mom used it to house her hoarding collection of ketchup packets
Years old ketchup packages, stewing in the greenhouse-effect summer heat inside the car .... EWWWW!
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