Timeline: 1860s – Changing The Way We Live

Ice became essential to the improving lifestyle of Americans. The convenience and health benefits of ice are now a necessity. Home ice boxes allowed for storage of fresh meats and produce alleviating daily trips to the market. The ice industry enabled the consumption of a wide range of new products. The diet of the United States changed dramatically.

  • Since 1748, it was known that it was possible to artificially chill water with mechanical equipment, much of the ice of sold in the 19th century was “natural” ice.
  • In 1855, 75,000 tons of ice sold in New York City
  • In 1864 Frederick Tudor passed away a very rich man.
  • In 1880, 2.5 million tons of ice sold in New York City.

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