On the farm my grandfather would cut huge chunks of ice out of the river, drag them onto shore and stack them under a tree, covering the whole ice mountain with tarps. The ice pile would gradually dwindle during the spring thaws and by July or August, there was little left. Grandpa was legendary in the area for ice rafting. Once the ice really started to break up, he'd take a day and ride ice chunks going at high speed down the river as far as he could go. Not a sport for wusses, it was freezing cold, dangerous (you could fall off and be crushed) and a long, long walk back, but it was something he loved. There was no Raging Waters in Manitoba - you made your own fun or didn't have any.
Electric refrigerators were a huge leap forward - no more cleaning the nasty drip pan or careful meting out of space and timing of the purchase of ice cream and other frozen treats. Conveniently, we had something called Winter in Canada which enabled us to tuck things out in the snow when the ica boxa was full. Fine for Christmas dinner but not so good in the summer time.
Keeping things cool is a lot easier now. New refrigerators on the horizon include the conceptual refrigerator in the photo by designer Yoon jung Kima and Jong rok Lee. It has a special glass in the front that is normally opaque however if a current is run through it, it will turn transparent. As you approach the unit, the current flows and contents are displayed. No energy wasting door opening to visually shop the contents for a snack. Other new refrigerator concepts divide the box into 5 or 6 different compartments which can be kept at different temperatures. Both photos are from Electrolux Labs.