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Hot Summer Days = Drinks with Lots of Ice

Posted by innovativeip on July 24, 2010

With Summer temperatures soaring as we near August, my ice maker has been working overtime to keep up with demands.  It’s hard to imagine the early days of ice, in the mid-1800’s, when it was harvested from frozen lakes and transported long distances for public use.  Giant tongs carried huge blocks broken free with axe blows.  Today’s Patent of the Day, issued July 24, 1934, is for “Ice Cube Tongs”.

Today's Patent of the Day

 Unlike their oversized predecessors, these ice tongs are miniaturized, for picking up individual cubes.  Almost 100 years old, yet a great idea that remains in use.  I actually have some that are very similar to the patented device (also useful for retrieving olives and pickles).  Thanks, Mr. Ackerson, for inventing a means for keeping our ice “hands off”.

You can read the entire patent at http://www.innovativeip.us/images/pat1967731.7.24.pdf.  Enjoy!

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