has a post on the introduction of the cardboard box into Strong Museum's Toy Hall of Fame.
After reading about FEMA's pre-Christmas present
to hurricane evacuees, an attempt to force them out of hotels, I think the refrigerator carton may become the new FEMA standard for housing.
While I can understand that it is much cheaper to live in a rental unit than a hotel, there are many fewer rental units available after the hurricanes, and the FEMA requirement that landlords have to accept amount of the FEMA voucher as the monthly rent doesn't correspond to reality. FEMA's estimate of the rental price for a market would seem to be on the low side and further restricts choices in an already tight housing market.
Cardboard cartons may well be in the future for many evacuees.