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Everybody Loves Ice Cream

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From Good Housekeeping,
June 1915
At first, commercial ice cream was a treat to be bought and eaten immediately because home kitchens didn’t have effective freezers until the mid-1920s and 1930s. Before electric or gaspowered freezers, having ice cream at home likely meant that someone had to turn the crank of a hand ice cream freezer full of milk or cream, sugar, flavoring, and perhaps a thickener for twenty minutes or more.

Wilcox Dairy sidewalk sign, Manchester, Vermont, circa 1930
Courtesy of Wilcox Dairy
Advertising booklet for Jell-O Ice Cream Powder
The Jell-O Company, Inc., LeRoy, New York, 1924
Courtesy of Avis Belle Abbott Nichols

C. H.Wachter’s delivery wagon, South Boston,1890s
Courtesy of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities


Everybody Loves Ice Cream