Posts Tagged ‘Good Humor man’

New York’s earliest ice cream man

June 5, 2010

Well, he could be, perhaps—with a wooden cart rather than a truck and a bucket of ice instead of a freezer.

He’s not quite Mister Softee or the Good Humor guy, but then, his cart probably doesn’t play the same jingle over and over again.

This sketch is dated August 11, 1885 and is titled “A Summer Scene in the Streets of New York—the Ice Cream Man.” It’s from the NYPL.