Ice Box Tongs

Title

Ice Box Tongs

Description

Iron ice block tongs were used to pull ice blocks out of rivers in the period prior to electric, private refrigerators. These specific tongs were used by an Ice company in Holyoke, MA on the Connecticut River. They were inherited from Heather Thomas' father, after being passed down from her paternal grandfather, the original user, who died in 1969.

The family is originally from Scotland. Since moving to the United States, they spent most of their time in Massachusetts, but have lived in Nebraska for the past nine years.

Source

Heather Thomas, Lincoln History Harvest, 2014

Date

1880 circa

Rights

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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object

Type

image

Files

linc_thomas_heather_0006.JPG

Collection

Citation

“Ice Box Tongs,” History Harvest, accessed July 23, 2024, https://historyharvest.unl.edu/items/show/588.

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