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The Sweet Start of Ice Cream Trucks

The history of ice cream trucks dates back to the early 1900s when horse-drawn carts filled with ice cream would roam the streets of cities like New York and Philadelphia. These early ice cream vendors would ring a bell or play music to alert customers of their arrival, and the carts were typically stocked with ice cream novelties like popsicles and ice cream sandwiches.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the first motorized ice cream trucks began to appear on the streets. These tru

cks were equipped with freezers and refrigeration units, which allowed them to carry a wider variety of ice cream products. These trucks also featured loudspeakers, which allowed the vendors to play music and attract customers from a distance.

During World War II, many ice cream truck operators were called to serve in the military, and many trucks were requisitioned for the war effort. As a result, the ice cream truck industry declined in the 1940s. However, after the war, the industry began to recover, and by the 1950s, ice cream trucks were a common sight in neighbourhoods across North America.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the popularity of ice cream trucks continued to grow, and many new and innovative products were introduced. For example, the Good Humor bar, a chocolate-coated ice cream bar on a stick, became one of the most popular ice cream truck treats of the time.

The Ice Cream Lady, Victoria, BC
The Ice Cream Lady in Victoria, BC - late 60's early 70's.

Today, ice cream trucks continue to be a beloved part of North American and European culture, and they can be found in neighbourhoods and at events across the country. They have also evolved to include new products and flavours, like soft-serve ice cream and even non-dairy options.

In conclusion, the history of ice cream trucks is a testament to the enduring popularity of ice cream as a treat and the evolution of technology and innovation in the ice cream industry.


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