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The "Frigorifique"

The Frigorifique of Charles Tellier
« Le Frigorifique » (the refrigerator), 1876
According to an oil painting of this time belonging to M.Charles Tellier
Abstract from the book  Hommage à Tellier
(c) Association Française du Froid

In 1876, the French engineer Charles Tellier transported a meat shipment from Buenos Aires to Rouen. aboard his own steamer « le Frigorifique ».

The railroad, the steamer and refrigeration, revolutionized transportation, contributed to an internationalization in food economy and to a regional specialization in food production.


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