Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

Clarence Birdseye's Outrageous Idea About Frozen Food

Book - 2014
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"This biography--perfect for middle-grade readers--tells the life story of Clarence Birdseye, the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry, and is adapted from Mark Kurlansky's adult work Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. Adventurer and inventor Clarence Birdseye had a fascination with food preservation that led him to develop and patent the Birdseye freezing process and start the company that still bears his name today. His limitless curiosity spurred his other inventions, including the electric sunlamp, an improved incandescent lightbulb, and a harpoon gun to tag finback whales. This true story of an early entrepreneur is as thrilling as the story of Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Includes an 8-page black-and-white photo insert"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385743884
0385743882
Branch Call Number: J 338.7 Kurl
Characteristics: 165 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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tirjan
May 14, 2017

The children's book made me a Kurlansky fan. The author not only chronicles the major events in Clarence Birdseye's life which by itself is most impressive but also other wonderful inventions and businesses that developed in the same time period. Birdseye was born in 1886 and dies in 1956.
Birdseye founded Birds Eye Frozen Foods rather late in life but built upon many ideas he discovered while chasing many diverse areas on interest. A remarkable man that too few know about.
BTW, Birds Eye Foods was absorbed into General Foods in 1929. General Foods' name was Birdseye's idea but Charles Post's Postum Cereal Company had the money to make it happen.

But much of Birdseye's earlier life was really an adventure story, probably the best reason for it to be categorized as a children's book.

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berthajeanj
Mar 28, 2015

If you are a young inventor read this to learn how to take your ideas from thoughts to fruition.

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