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The Frozen Water Trade by Gavin Weightman
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Jun 01, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2007

This is another history book that I read years ago. I was most impressed by the fact that an entire industry--with a specialized, seasonal work force that used specialized tools and techniques--was built around the harvest and transport of block ice to far-away temperate countries that did not have any natural ice of their own. The effort that the Tudor brothers put into this endeavor is astounding--and so, too, is the fact that few transactional records from the period exist, making it nigh impossible to get a fix on ice's economic stature in the import/export schemes of the day. What is known is that the two Tudor brothers harvested block ice and brought it to people who had never before enjoyed its benefits--making these people want this commodity even more.

Author Weightman does an excellent job expanding on events and people that would otherwise reside in a few footnotes, and the history that he pieces together is well worth reading.
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