The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

City Ice Delivery

City Ice Delivery

Delivering ice in a Ford truck with hard rubber tires on the front. Most likely a slow bumpy ride.

Collecting ice.

I remember my Grandmother telling me A story of when my Grandfather would collect ice in the north part of Minnesota in the winter.They would go out onto the lakes in the dead of winter with saws and cut blocks of ice from the frozen lakes.They would then take the ice and store it in A barn and cover it with straw to insulate it so it wouldn't melt once it warmed up.

An aspect of rural life people forget about

noelani --

The writers of those shows did OK.

People "living in the wilderness" didn't rely on the ice man regularly bringing them blocks of ice for their iceboxes, they relied on themselves.

In deep winter, rural people sawed large blocks of ice from frozen northern lakes, streams and rivers, and stowed them away in their own private ice-houses in anticipation of summer heat. A block of ice from the ice-house would last a week or ten days in the kitchen icebox.

Even today, people who live far off the grid (and thus have no access to electricity) continue this practice, especially in remote areas of northern states like Minnesota, Montana and Maine.

A thing of the past people forget about

I just love pictures like this, showing a formerly common occurrence that most people forget about. I've seen movies and TV shows that depicted people living in the wilderness, who are using ice boxes. I guess the writers of those shows didn't realize that, in order to keep anything cool, it had to have blocks of ice in it, that were replaced regularly. I'm sure that areas 1,000 miles west were not part of this guy's route!

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.