Licking Public Ice Blocks Used To Be A Thing

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July 6, 1911. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s New York. Hygiene is sorely lacking. There’s no chilled Coke. No frosty A&W. No Slurpees available. So why don’t we stick some blocks of ice on the hot asphalt of a dirty city street and invite some unvaccinated urchins to come lick it? It’s not like it’s a bat or anything.

8 thoughts on “Licking Public Ice Blocks Used To Be A Thing

  1. That sounds gross but in the context of all the nastiness those little tykes consumed a public ice lick was probably no big deal. I just think it was nice for someone to think of putting them out there.

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