From the Archives | Photo gallery New England ice harvesting ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ice harvesting, once a thriving business, is now recreated at winter ice festivals. Keystone View Company, Boston March 1, 1925: Workmen cut ice after grooves were made to guide them. Keystone View Company, Boston March 1, 1925: At this ice harvest in Maine, the men separated the cut ice and guided it to the elevator at the icehouses. Keystone View Company March 1, 1925: Before grooving by the horse, the snow had to be scraped to one side. Once the snow was cleared from the ice, the markers, guided by the horse shown here, made the marks in the ice that the cutters were then guided by. Globe Archive photo March 7, 1953: The two men on the right used heavy handsaws, much like those used by lumberjacks, to cut out small key blocks so that there would be room for the large chunks to be split off and floated to the chute. The man at the left used a breaking chisel to move a huge ice float into free water. Stanley, A. Bauman/ Globe staff January 23, 1956: At the Fred J. Monte ice pond in Easton the ice cakes, once they were cut, were brought into the ice house for storage. Anthony P. Andrade (left) and Robert E. Andrews (right), both of Onset, grabbed the ice cakes as they came into the storage area and stacked them up. This ice pond was one of the last remaining ice harvest areas left in Massachusetts. Jack Sheahan/Globe Staff February 18, 1974: A large cake of ice was in the channel on the chute, and the ice picks helped guide it on its way to the ice house. Vince DeWitt/Globe photo February 19, 1983: At the Flying Cloud camp in Mount Holly, Vt., a little help was needed, not only to help pull the 110-pound chunk of ice from the water, but also to keep the front puller from slipping in. Ice cutting was an annual late-winter ritual for the 44-year-old Quaker education and wilderness group and here some former campers had some fun.