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Artificial Ice Company Generator Repaired, May 1948

Artificial Ice Company Generator Repaired, May 1948 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 28, 1948
Caption
GENERATOR RESPONDS TO TREATMENT: This 4,600-volt generator, owned by the Artificial Ice Co., 416 W. Huron St., has been on the sick-list since April 27 when it lost a duel with a lightning-bolt that invaded the plant during a storm on that date. Here, a technician called in from Detroit makes repairs on the complicated wiring of the big machine's armature. Only damage done by the lightning stroke was to the generator itself, although firemen were called and stood by until the machine could be disconnected from the plant circuit.

Charles Larmee Works With Blocks Of Ice - Artificial Ice Company, June 1952

Charles Larmee Works With Blocks Of Ice - Artificial Ice Company, June 1952 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, June 16, 1952
Caption
Only a few blocks apart, Peter Phillips (top picture) and Charles Larmee (bottom) were 62 degrees apart in the temperatures of their working conditions in sweltering Ann Arbor this morning. Phillips raked down blacktop at Main and Catherine Sts., in 90-degree heat, while Larmee worked with blocks of ice in 28-degree conditions at the Artificial Ice Co.

Artificial Ice Company - Ammonia Compressors, April 1954

Artificial Ice Company - Ammonia Compressors, April 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 17, 1954
Caption
SOURCE OF POWER: These compressors, utilizing ammonia as the cooling agent, supply the cold for freezing at the Artificial Ice Co. The small compressor (foreground) is in use now. During the summer months, the large compressor (background) will be in use 24 hours a day. Cecil Henson, firm engineer, is at the control of an ammonia valve.

Artificial Ice Company - Freezing Floor, April 1954

Artificial Ice Company - Freezing Floor, April 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 17, 1954
Caption
IT'S UNDER THE BOARDS: This freezing floor at the Artificial Ice Co. has 100 openings in which the water is frozen in individual units of 330 pounds. Some of the openings are seen in the right foreground. Oren Daugherty is at the control of a crane which is lifting a housing of eight units already frozen. From here, they go to a warm water bath which loosens the ice from the containers. They then go to the cutting and storage room. Ammonia freezing coils extend through the floor. Also there are coils for air pressure, which imparts a clearness to the ice. Brine is under the containers. It takes 24 hours to freeze each unit.

Artificial Ice Company - Cubing Machine, April 1954

Artificial Ice Company - Cubing Machine, April 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 17, 1954
Caption
FROM BLOCK TO CUBES: This cubing machine cuts three bushels of ice cubes an hour with red-hot blades. They melt their way through the ice blocks crossways and vertically, the cubes dropping down into the trough. Thomas Bauer holds a 50-pound block prior to putting it into the machine. It takes 20 minutes to reduce this block into cubes. The large machine in the background is a cuber which operates by saws. Used only in the rush season, it will saw 20 bushels an hour.

Workers At Artificial Ice Company, August 1959

Workers At Artificial Ice Company, August 1959 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 26, 1959
Caption
ICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: Probably among the happiest workers in Ann Arbor these sweltering days are (left to right) Hans Maier, Bob Loukotka and Fred Colvin. They're lugging 300-pound cakes of ice around inside the Artificial Ice Co., 416 W. Huron St. The picture was easy to take; the hard thing was getting The Ann Arbor News photographer to leave the 29-degree temperature and return to the office.