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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

The Ice Cream Man: 1950

The Ice Cream Man: 1950

Glenn and Mike Herbert receiving their ice cream from the well dressed Good Humor man. West Covina, California 1950. Photo by Mary Herbert.

Ya wanna bet?

Betcha' a quarter that the baby's ice cream melts and falls off the stick before he is even half finished. My mom made us get cups and only cups until we were nearly teenagers because we lost so many ice cream treats with the scoops falling out of cones, fudgesicles and popsicles melting off of sticks, etc. Good times. Our ice cream man was an independent and I was always fascinated and envious of his coin belt which had rows of metal coin holders that he just pushed on to dispense the proper change. Finally about 10 years ago I found one at a flea market and now I have my own. I'm just not sure how to accessorize with it.

 
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