The Frozen Water Trade (Text Only)

The Frozen Water Trade (Text Only)

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by Gavin Weightman
     
 

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The story of the 19th-century ice trade, in which ice from the lakes of New England – valued for its incredible purity – revolutionised domestic life around the world.In the days before artificial refrigeration, it was thought impossible to transport ice for long distances. But one man, Frederic Tudor, was convinced it could be done. This is the story of

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The story of the 19th-century ice trade, in which ice from the lakes of New England – valued for its incredible purity – revolutionised domestic life around the world.In the days before artificial refrigeration, it was thought impossible to transport ice for long distances. But one man, Frederic Tudor, was convinced it could be done. This is the story of how, almost single-handedly, and in the face of near-universal mockery, he established a vast industry that would introduce the benefits of fresh ice to large parts of the globe.Thanks to Tudor, the American fashion for drinks ‘on the rocks’ spread to tropical areas such as the West Indies and British India. By the 1830s fleets of schooners carried the frozen cargo, packed with sawdust and tarpaulins for insulation, to all corners of the world. The harvesting of the ice from New England’s lakes employed thousands of men.The frozen water trade had a profound influence on the tastes of a large part of the world, but with the development of artificial cooling systems in the first quarter of the 20th century, the huge industry established by Frederic Tudor vanished as if it had never been.Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version.

Gavin Weightman is an experienced television documentary-maker (producer/director/writer), journalist and author of many books such as The Making of Modern London: 1815–1914, The Making of Modern London: 1914–1939, London River, Picture Post Britain and Rescue: A History of the British Emergency Services (Boxtree).

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ISBN-13:
9780007375943
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2012
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HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,016,566
File size:
522 KB

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Gavin Weightman is an experienced television documentary-maker (producer/director/writer), journalist and author of many books such as The Making of Modern London: 1815–1914, The Making of Modern London: 1914–1939, London River, Picture Post Britain and Rescue: A History of the British Emergency Services (Boxtree).

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The Frozen Water Trade 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having grown up in Cambridge and not knowing the Ice harvesting history of Fresh Pond, this book was an eye opener.

Frederic Tudor was a determined man, never giving up over the ten year period it took his ice harvesting business to make money.

Insight into the rest of his family and friends who invested, and those who scoffed at his "crazy idea" of selling ice. Makes you wonder what life must have been like without ice.

Sheds light on debtor's prison, and the business practices of the 1800's.

Lots of nuggets about the area such as: Thoreau's reaction to ice harvesting Walden Pond, Nantasket Beach, Maine, the invention of ice harvesting tools, Fresh Pond Hotel.

Kudos to Gavin Weightman, a Brit who took interest in a little know piece of Boston history!
Theodore Kloba 28 days ago
A compelling portrait of an entire industry about whose existence, I had only a vague knowledge. It's amazing how natural ice harvesting, storage and shipping trade affected global culture despite the near total disappearance of its artifacts.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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