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An ice pick from the J. Leo Comeau collection of ice handling tools.

An ice pike/gaff used by J. Leo Comeau to push and pull the ice. J. L. Comeau was the last of the icemen to make deliveries.

The album contains 150 photographs spanning the time from the 1880's through the 1930's.
Shown is Mark Comeau, father of John B.(Batiste) Comeau. The majority of photos are of John B. Comeau, his siblings and descendants.

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Before the widespread availability of refrigeration one of the only way to keep things cool was with ice. Fresh water supplies, such as the Assabet River flowing through town, was a source of ice during the winter and a major industry grew up around…