is the true story of Frederic Tudor and his quest to make a fortune
from selling ice. Frederic Tudor was a college dropout who
came from a well-to-do family in Massachusetts. The main
problem he had was how to deliver the ice to places where the
weather was warm without it melting. It took a long time but
he finally realized he could use sawdust to cover the ice and it
would reach places like Calcutta, India with most of it still not
melted. Frederic's friend, Nathaniel Wyeth, came up with the
idea of a horse drawn ice plough that cut out blocks that were a
foot thick. This made it a little easier to manage.
The British even waived several regulations so purchasers
could get the ice home before it melted even more.
Tudor faced many stumbling blocks along the way. He
soon had rivalry from competitors entering the field and the only
thing he could do was to cut the prices. This was not
successful for him. Queen Victoria was one of his most
important customers. After some time, Norwegians came along
with a less expensive product. Artificial refrigeration was
invented in 1882. However, by this time, Frederic Tudor had
died and at the time of his death he was very wealthy.
book gives us an excellent description of how ice was transported to
other countries. It is a great account of what one man's
imagination can do. This is a part of history that we don't
often hear about but after reading this book you realize that the
frozen ice trade played a major role in America's history. The
book is well written and the author does an excellent job of
explaining this trade to us and how Frederic Tudor's enterprise
became such a big part of the "American Way of Life" enabling us to
have iced drinks and homemade ice cream.
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