(A Brief History, continued...)

In 1934 Ernest Hansen invented and patented the first motorized ice block shaver to produce New Orleans style shaved-ice. The high volume snow production was welcomed by the corner ice shaver vendors citywide. Numerous other New Orleans sno-ball machines followed.

Hansen Machine
Hansen Ice Shaving Machine
Ernest Hansen
Ernest Hansen At The Sno-Bliz Shop (Circa 2003)

Most of the retail shaved ice outlets in New Orleans spell the name of their product sno-balls without the w. This spelling identifies the product to all New Orleanians and indicates an ethnic heritage to the long standing tradition. There is a trend for new markets outside ... (for more history, click here)

Summer Snow Ice Shaver
Whirlwind Ice Shaver
Whirlwind Ice Shaving Machine


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