Ice Harvesting in the 19th Century

Let's Talk Rusty Iron: Ice harvesting was a boom business in the northeast U.S. during the mid-1800s.

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Hand ice tools. A, ice hook; B, fork-type splitting bar; C, grooving bar; D, channel hook bar; E, F, G and H, different styles of bars used to split individual cakes from larger sheets and maneuver the ice blocks.
Appletons’ Cyclopaedia of Applied Mechanics, published in 1885