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when people used ice boxes where did the ice come from?


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linearphaze
In addition to the previous posters comments, when air conditioning and cooling units such as freezers were first invented refridgeration in general was very bulky and not everyone had access to electricity. also new technology is always expenive when first introduced. so an ice plant would freeze giant blocks of ice and sell them to people or deliver them for a small fee, so they could keep food items cool.

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sometimes the ice man brought it, like the milkman brought milk in the mid 20th century.

people would harvest ice from frozen-over lakes and store it over the summer.

in colder climates, many people kept things outside in the winter.

in warmer climates, and before iceboxes, people dug cellars and other strategic structures to keep food cool.

it was also very common to salt, dry, pickle, can, or ferment food to keep it usable for a longer period of time.

one device, popular in Australia, used a damp cloth and the breeze to keep food cool. it was called a coolgardie safe.


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