This Summer, Remember that Ice Was Once a Luxury (HumanProgress.org)
The earliest venture to bring ice to the masses is associated with a stubborn man called Frederick Tudor. Brought up in a wealthy family in the late 1700s, the “King of Ice” may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Alas, he almost squandered his family’s fortune before he finally saw his ice business pay off. Twice imprisoned and three times arrested for unpaid debts, his persistence in the face of constant failures is both admirable and an illustration of how innovation happens gradually – by tinkering entrepreneurs, trying and trying again.