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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: The ice plow seen here is from an old pattern dating to at least the early 1800s. The long teeth cut deeply into the ice along a regular pattern that had been previously scored into the ice surface. Ice blocks had to be a standard size to fit into the ice boxes, or refrigerators, of the day. With ice, households could store dairy products or meats for days longer than they could without refrigeration. Beginning in the 1820s, a thriving natural ice industry harvested ice from frozen rivers and ponds. The ice was then sold in towns and cities across the country and even exported overseas.


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Scoring Ice with Ice Cutter

creator   Edmund B. Olchowski
date   1973
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   9.37"
height   7.5"
process/materials   paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.37.02.011.d

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See Also...

Cutting Ice

Extracting Ice

Navigating Cut Ice

Lifting Ice from the Water

Ice Harvesting

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