Children (6-7) eating icecream

Ice Cream's Early Days

As summer is hitting its peak, a look back at the cool dessert's humble beginnings.

Long before you could score yourself a scoop of tumeric-cardamom (assuming you'd want one), and long, long before Amazon promised to have a pint on your doorstep in an hour, there was simply. . . ice cream. The hallmark of childhood, first dates, and work breaks has been around since before there were cameras to record it, but these early photos of folks and their cones should give you a taste of what ice cream's early days were like.

ICE CREAM AND CIGARS Minnesota Historical Society/Corbis via Getty Images ICE CREAM AND CIGARS In 1889, Sebastiano Pellegrini stands outside his candy store and ice cream parlor in St. Paul, Minnesota. HE DELIVERS Bettmann/Bettmann Archive HE DELIVERS An ice cream man on a dirt road in an undated photo.

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THREE SCOOPS George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images THREE SCOOPS Banner's homemade custard, in an undated photo. THEY CALL IT GELATO Hulton Archive/Getty Images THEY CALL IT GELATO An Italian ice cream vendor, circa 1885, sets up shop in his ornate stall. ICE CREAM FOR EVERYONE Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis via Getty Images ICE CREAM FOR EVERYONE A family digs in, circa 1910. TWO BOYS, THREE CONES, NO QUESTIONS Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images TWO BOYS, THREE CONES, NO QUESTIONS HOWARD JOHNSON'S FAMOUS ICE CREAM Bettmann/Bettmann Archive HOWARD JOHNSON'S FAMOUS ICE CREAM Storefront and striped awning, circa 1940. PUSHCART Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images PUSHCART On the streets of Havana, Cuba, circa 1900. EIGHT ACROSS Bettmann/Bettmann Archive EIGHT ACROSS Young women, possibly factory workers, take an ice cream break together. CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK Bettmann/Bettmann Archive CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK Young lads in New York City cool off near the ice blocks, circa 1900. NO CONES, NO BOWLS Buyenlarge/Getty Images NO CONES, NO BOWLS "Eat a plate of ice cream every day" reads the side of Carry's ice cream truck, undated. PURE VANILLA Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images PURE VANILLA Outside of St Clement Danes Church in London, 1912. DIXON'S ICE CREAM Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Images DIXON'S ICE CREAM In 1898, people line up for frankfurters and ice cream on 193rd street in the Bronx, New York City. SAME AS IT EVER WAS Bettmann/Bettmann Archive SAME AS IT EVER WAS

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