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Maine Folklife Center, Still Image
Photograph of two men cutting ice from a lake. Before the technological advances that allowed ice to be produced artifically, the business of cutting ice from Maine's frozen rivers, lakes, and ponds was an important industry in the state. The ice would be stored in specially constructed warehouses, packed with sawdust, and would remain frozen through spring and summer. It was sold to business and individuals for use in iceboxes, which were early refrigerators that kept food cool by use of a big block of ice.
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