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KLIATT"We are without ice! The supply is used up. The little chilly building between the Supreme Court and the Scotch Kirk is denuded of its treasures. Dirty water and sawdust is all it contains...If there were any such thing as public spirit in Bombay we might hope for the adoption of measures to preserve us from the recurrence of the present evil..." Such a reaction, quoted in the Bombay Telegraph and Courier in July 1850, was precisely was Frederick Tudor had hoped for in the early years of the 19th century when he first got the idea to take an abundant and valueless resource of the Boston area winters and make it a highly valued and demanded commodity. His efforts were fraught with every disadvantage except sheer will power. It took until the 1840s for a general consensus to emerge that ice was a necessity, and a decade more for it to become a lucrative business. This book tells the personal story of Tudor in its entire entrepreneurial splendor, revealing the fascinating history of refrigeration in America and wherever ice traders could generate a market. Today we take refrigeration for granted, but imagine an ice famine caused by a warm winter, no way to cool the patient in an era when yellow fever and malaria were rampant, shipping hundreds of tons of ice to India where a demand was quickly established in the 1830s, and the logistics of harvesting and moving huge quantities of frozen water. Tudor and his associates eventually conquered the market and invented the implements and methods to simplify harvesting, storing and shipping their product. This is a great story of capitalism at work and a small part of history that greatly impacted the personal lives of all people in America.KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Hyperion, 254p. illus. index. map., Ages 15 to adult.