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In the days before electric fridges, food was kept in insulated ice boxes, cooled by a block of ice. in winter months, ice blocks were cut from rivers and lakes, then insulated and stored. The Arctic ice Company wagon delivered ice door-to-door for home ice boxes.
The false columns on the front of this bank, intended to present a solid and trustworthy image, are typical of bank architecture from this period. With the exception of the furniture, the interior fittings came from the Northern Crown Bank which operated in Dundurn, Saskatchewan from 1908 to 1918. In 1918 the Northern Crown Bank was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. in the early years of banking, each bank company issued its own currency.