I Scream, You Scream

We all scream for ice cream! On these hot summer days, spend some time cooling off by looking at images that relate to ice cream in Nebraska Memories. Hannah 4One of the oldest images of people eating ice cream is this photograph from the Nebraska State Historical Society collection. Members of the Nelson family are gathered around a table in front of a house, enjoying ice cream with their cake. While the image of the Nelson family is the only image of a family enjoying ice cream at home in Nebraska Memories, there are several images of commercial ice cream shops. This 1915 photograph shows the soda fountain at Herpolsheimer’s department store. Several employees in crisp white uniforms stand behind the counter,reeds3 waiting to serve ice cream and sodas to customers. A later image shows the exterior of Reeds Ice Cream Shop in Omaha, advertising the day’s special of chocolate malted milk. Another image shows the City Café in David City. Although the teenagers in this photograph are enjoying sodas and not ice cream, you can see ice cream and syrup dispensers on the counter behind the young employee, who is wearing a bowl on his head and grinning for the camera. Arctic Cream 2To explore the opposite end of the ice cream industry, take a look at this photograph of the Arctic Cream Company in Fremont. According to the advertising on the side of the building, this company produced butter and ice cream. Visit Nebraska Memories to search for or browse through many more historical images digitized from photographs, negatives, postcards, maps, lantern slides, books and other materials. Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information, or contact Beth Goble, Historical Services Librarian, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.
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