I wonder how steep the ice would have been before the motor quit??? BTW Jay, I love all your photo's. Thanks for your efforts in posting them. Keep em coming!
OK, I'm a California boy and consequently don't get it. Why would you want to "score the ice into even rows"?
The ice blocks were loaded on a sled, packed in sawdust and saved for summer use. The iceman cometh!
Big business for more than a century: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_trade
No kiddin'! Thanks for the explanation.
Before the days of refrigeration a lot of that ice was shipped in box cars for use in places like California and the southern states during the summer.
Henry, it is still being done "these days" ...
(maybe other places, also)
Nowadays some commercial ice harvesting is done for the various ice hotels around the world's colder regions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hotel
Rob never seems to come up to New London-Spicer in January when they build a big ice castle on Green Lake, out of blocks of ice.
This ice equipment was displayed at a thrashing show;I think it was Model A powered.
Some more ice cutting machines at work.