How Were "Glove Compartments" Named?
A glove compartment (or glovebox in British English) is a compartment built into the dashboard, located over the passenger's footwell in an automobile, often used for miscellaneous storage. The name derives from the original purpose of the compartment, to store gloves. Gloves were originally considered necessary equipment in early cars, many without a hard top, to prevent the cooling effect of fast moving air from freeze numbing the drivers hands.
A glove compartment is sometimes referred to as a "jockey box," especially in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. (Wikipedia)
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