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There's Always Money: 1950

There's Always Money: 1950

"Banana Burt and Lil at Buzzards Bay Dairy Queen, 1950." Brought to you courtesy of United Fruit. Photoprint by Drink a Banana Inc. View full size.

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Dredged up a memory

Till I saw this photo, I'd forgotten how some Dairy Queens and other summer ice cream places used waxed paper cups as outdoor decorations. I didn't live anywhere near Buzzard Bay, but I remember our local ice cream shop also hung cups outdoors on a gibbet-like support, as shown here. I also remember how those cups - - those which remained - - looked after being outdoors in the wind, sun, and rain - - yikes.

I wonder whatever became of the giant bananas after the "Drink A Banana" campaign ended.

Banana Burt

He was evidently a bit of an entrepreneur. He also ran a motel in Bourne.

Still Serving

This building is still around, though it has been Betty Ann's Dairy Freeze since 1955.

It looks a little forlorn in the street view, which shows it closed for the winter, but during the season it's still a local favorite for burgers and soft serve ice cream.

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