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Sanitary Ice Cream Cone: 1917

Sanitary Ice Cream Cone: 1917

April 3, 1917. Oklahoma City. "Workshop of Sanitary Ice Cream Cone Co., 116 S. Dewey Street. Boys packing cones are John Myers, 14 years old, and a boy 12 years old who is working steady now. Boss said: 'He said he wasn't going to school so I took him.' " Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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As me mother used to say

"Heat kills anything."

"Sanitary" cones

Branding makes it so!

Sanitary Down South

If you want a blast from the past, these babies are still around! Unfortunately you can't get 'em with the "horsehair" flavor bits.

Stable Employment

I would say it was a former stable. Note the bars on the windows and the O-rings on the post. Typical for standing or tie stalls.

Carriage house

You can see the top of a runabout or maybe a car to the left.

Not a crumb remains

I did a Google street view of the address -- there's only a smooth, clean parking lot today. Very sanitary.

Sanitized for your protection

I realize it's not mc (medically correct) these days to point out that the human body has a very high tech defense system. That so many people thrived and lived to an old age in less than sanitary conditions is testimony to it. Yet I will admit I'd prefer our modern western version of sanitary. Why tempt all those cute little microbes?

The question does arise -- what was it like before Sanitary modernized its facilities?


I have never seen more sanitary working conditions in my entire life. Is this in a stable?


I believe this company eventually moved to Georgia and went into peanut products.


The iron looks like it puts out seven cones at a time, while the boxes hold nine stacks, and say they contain 100 cones. Not only do they need someone to come clean the place (not very "sanitary") but they also need someone to streamline operations!

Snap. Snap snap snap!

This place must have smelled delicious. I wonder who emptied the rat traps every morning.

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