Was there a market for ice prior to the discovery (or harnessing of) electricity for refridgeration? In other words, was there a method of making ice in 1820 short of waiting for winter or travelling to the hoary Artic? If there was a method, were people using it and selling ice to the wealthy elite or was commercial ice something that came upon the populace in one economic status shattering wave?
I know we used ice boxes with a chunk of bona fide ice before refridgerators, but was this ACME Ice Co. making ice using refridgeration that the common Joe didn’t have access to or were they using some other sort of water freezing voodoo?
“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”