Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Today's picture is from 1938 and it shows an Ice Cream Vendor. The man is selling Eskimo Pies out of a box. The picture was taken at the Louisiana State Fair. I would think you would have to be a pretty good salesman, as you would need to move all your merchandise before it melted.


  1. I'm sure the heat helps with sales!

  2. What were the Eskimo Pies like in your neck of the woods? Over here in England they looked something like a big cupcake, having a wafer shell - the wafer was not crisp like a normal ice cream wafer, but rather chewy - the shell was filled with ice cream and then a lid of chocolate over the top. I'm talking about the 1950s here and I've not seen them for years.

    1. When I was younger, they were like an ice cream sandwich. They had a slice of stiff chocolate on both top and bottom with vanilla ice cream between.

    2. I should have said stiff chocolate bread or cake.

    3. Hi DADD, I suspected they would be quite different to the ones I knew as a kid. I've been hunting all over to try and find a picture of them on Google images but no luck, most of the ones shown were the type you describe.
      This site certainly stirs the old memory bank most days.

  3. Is it just me, or was life simpler back then? Yeah I know it was also hard, but the hard seemed easier to handle. Take this vendor for example…. He’s at a fair working out of a box….simple. In this day and age depending on where you are, you would have to have a permit to sell and the box would have to be passed by a health inspector. Recently I read that in Midway Georgia that the cops shut down a lemonade stand run by three little girls who just wanted to make some money to go to the water park. Lemonade stands are practically the foundation of the Free Enterprise System! Up in my neck of the woods some bureaucrat wants all the homes where baked items are made for church bazaars etc, inspected. In all these many years I have never heard of anyone keeling over because of grandma’s apple pie bought at a church social. So when I see these vintage photos every day on this site I say “hard life yes, but in many ways a lot simpler”.

    Another thing about these photos that got me thinking today….men’s hats. Which lead me to ponder….when did the baseball cap in all its many styles, flourished with promotion and advertising, become so popular and replace the many other hats and caps that men wore long ago. I never could wear a baseball cap, just doesn’t look right or feel right. But my hall shelves are filled with western hats for assorted occasions.


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