It could be said that ice buckets owe their birth to a man named Tudor. Frederick Tudor, of Boston, Massachusetts, who wished to make a fortune in selling ice. That dream began to be realised in 1821, and he died an "Ice Baron" in 1864. The ice bucket, a miniature version of the ice houses in which blocks of ice were stored, made it possible to small quantities of ice on hand, became a staple until appliances like the freezer made it less of a necessity. Still, stainless steel ice buckets are still available today, in a variety of shapes and sizes.