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Today is Friday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2021. There are 105 days left in the year.

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Before modern refrigeration, blocks of ice were cut from lakes during the winter and stored for the remainder of the year for use in ice boxes. One such ice cutter was Mark Thompson & Co., which cut ice from La Porte’s Stone Lake. The company’s carriage is seen here in Chicago, with Ston…