Post by RichD
How did they make ice, in the days before electricity?
And, did the inventors manage it empirically, without
education in thermodynamic theory? I admit,
without book learning, the compression/condensation/
evaporation cycle would never occur to me, it’s
far from intuitive.
Other posts here are good about making ice.
Then before electric or mechanical refrigerators
there was a matter of refrigeration in houses.
There was of course until the 1950s and 1960s
the ice man that delivered ice to people's ice
boxes in their homes on a nearly daily basis
and put ice into ice chests.
Then there were milk men that did the same for
If you start using the word 'ancient' however
and compare it with 'classical' it is not obvious
how far back that might go regardless of an official
invention of refrigeration. There are other ways to