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Friday, December 29, 2006

The Hard Way to Make an Ice Cube-

As the year ends and we still have no snow in the Pioneer Valley (a situation that may be about to change) I thought we'd crank up the Wayback Machine today with an albumen print from my own collection-

A pencil notation on the back of the mounting identifies this as the Boston Ice Company's ice house in Lake Village, New Hampshire, probably around the turn of the century. If you look closely to the left side of the picture you can see that they were still building the shed there even as they were loading ice blocks via the conveyor apparatus on the right. This detail shows the men near the foot of the loading machinery-

Makes me want a cup of hot cocoa just looking at it!

5 comments:

Phoebe Fay said...

Sorry about the no snow, Colonel. We'd be delighted to share some of ours!

Cool pic.

Colonel Colonel said...

phoebe- that's ok. we'll enjoy yours vicariously from a distance of 1500 miles. so what is it, another foot or two today?

Phoebe Fay said...

We're not getting hitting as hard as some down here. I think we've gotten about 8 to 10 inches since yesterday. That's not so bad.

It's the other foot or so that's due tonight that's worrisome.

Mike said...

We have no snow here either and honestly, I don't mind it one bit. I think Denver is being punished for all of that Rocky Mountain Highness.

Phoebe Fay said...

Eh, the snow wimped out, and we haven't had anything more since early last evening.

Hate to tell you, Mike, but you should have no troubles getting back on Tuesday.