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Perfect Ice Cream: 1910s

Perfect Ice Cream: 1910s

Union Station in Washington, D.C., circa 1914. Points of interest include the ice cream shack and trolley switch tower. National Photo Co. View full size.

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Fine as Silk

Perfect Ice Cream was manufactured in D.C. by the Home Ice Company.

Modern Times

Hardly a horse and buggy anywhere (I see two - both hidden behind power poles on the right, are there any more?)

Union Ghosts on the move!

Great example of ghosts in the photo. Is that the Lone Ranger speeding by the trolley tower?

But really I still want to know, why are many train stations are called Union Station? No imagination, or some rule that they honor the unions that built them? Seems totally lame to me, like so many stores named "Department" :-)

[Check this out. -tterrace]

Tours away!

I just visited DC a month ago and the tour buses were parked outside Union Station.

I see nothing's changed.

Great location for the ice cream shack!

High traffic area, no competition, and look at all that parking space!

Passin' thru

I go through Union Station a couple of times a year. Next to Grand Central this is my favorite stopover station. Airports, you can have 'em !

And a beer chaser

At extreme right, the top of the Washington Brewery (4th & E Sts. NE) can be seen over the rowhouses.

Cold Power

There are no power lines feeding the shack. How was ice cream kept cold in the days before electrically powered refrigeration? Dry ice perhaps? Mechanical engineers please reply.

[It's winter! - Dave]

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