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Ice: The Old Fashioned Way

It’s sort of unbelievable now, but in the 1800s, ice harvesting was a booming industry, complete with international infrastructure, raging demand, robber barons and foolhardy businessmen.

Before the 1800’s ice was pretty much reserved for the wealthy, who could afford to keep ice houses on their land, stocked with ice harvested from local ponds.

But the increase in population in New York, led one man, Frederic Tudor, to build an industry of harvesting and shipping ice to New York, Charleston and Havana. Tudor was an overleveraged businessman who made bad bets on coffee futures and thought ice would redeem him. It did.

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