Gene Watson Gallery
A group of men are pictured cutting blocks of ice on Little Bay de Noc in the early 1940s. The ice, which was stored in ice houses throughout the year in sawdust, was delivered to area residents who owned “iceboxes” to refrigerate their food. The sight of the horse-drawn ice wagon as its driver made deliveries of blocks of ice was as common as the deliveries of the local milk man. With the increase of reliable electricity and safer refrigerants, homeowners began purchasing refrigerators and iceboxes were no longer needed.
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