Last summer, when writing blog articles about standard kitchen equipment (the ice box), and ice delivery, I came across superb resources about how ice was actually cut to then be stored and sold by ice companies throughout the year. This source is an 1870/1871 publication titled Lawrence’s Adventures, by J.W. Trowbridge. One chapter is devoted to Ice-Cutters. I share that (Public Domain) information here.

Lawrence’s Adventures, published in Boston (United States of America) in 1871. Entered into the Library of Congress in 1870. The following snippets are taken from this Public Domain title.

Places where this historical title may be found today:

  1. Google Play (free ebook)
  2.  Making of America Digital Library
  3.  Hathi Trust
  4.  Forgotten Books (subscription, PDF)
  5.  Amazon (paperback, hardcover)

PREFACE to Lawrence’s Adventures, clarifying that this boy’s “adventures” are instructive and entertaining. Written by the author, December 1870.

Lawrence’s Adventures, Page 14.

Lawrence’s Adventures, page 15.

Lawrence’s Adventures, page 16.

Lawrence’s Adventures, page 17.

Scraping snow from the surface of the ice. Scribner’s Monthly, August 1875. [source]

Planing the surface of the ice to remove the soft snow-ice. Scribner’s Monthly, August 1875. [source]

Lawrence’s Adventures, page 18.

Sawing and breaking off the blocks of ice. Scribner’s Monthly, August 1875. [source]

Lawrence’s Adventures, page 19.

Lawrence’s Adventures, Page 20, image of horse-drawn ice-cutting work.

Lawrence’s Adventures, page 21, part 1.

Lawrence’s Adventures, p 21, part 2.

Lawrence’s Adventures P 22, Part 1

Lawrence’s Adventures, p. 22 part 2.

Lawrence’s Adventures, P. 23, Part 1.

Lawrence’s Adventures p 23, part 2.

Lawrence’s Adventures, P 24, part 1.

Lawrence’s Adventures, P 24, part 2.

View of an ice harvesting operation, showing the storage house, boiler house and three elevators, as well as various operations on the ice.
Appletons’ Cyclopaedia of Applied Mechanics, published in 1885 [source].

Lawrence’s Adventures, P. 25, part 1.

Lawrence’s Adventures, P. 25, part 2.

Lawrence’s Adventures, P. 26 part 1.

Lawrence’s Adventures, P. 26 part 2.

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