Ice Saw, Tongs, and Pike Pole
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, water in its frozen form was used to preserve food in American homes. Most homes had straw-insulated ice houses where ice could be stored year round. In later years, ice blocks could be stored in insulated warehouses or transported by railroads to distant locations. Stored ice would gradually be distributed to homes and businesses through the spring and summer months. Ice chests filled with blocks of ice were the primary means of refrigeration until electric refrigerators became affordable after World War II. Convenient refrigeration is something Americans take for granted today. Can you imagine living life today without refrigeration technology?