Happy Friday, TGIF and all of that jazz! I barely had a weekend last time around so I am so looking forward to this one. Today I have an ice cream treat for you, well kinda. ;-) Ice cream has been around a long time, dating back to the 4th century. But it wasn't until the mid 1800s that ice cream was manufactured on a large scale through the ingenuity of Jacob Fussell of Baltimore. Before then it was pretty much relegated to being served at fancy social gatherings or the confectionery store down on main street.
Mr Fussell, a seller of dairy products, often had fresh cream left over and decided to do something with it besides watch it go bad. He opened his first factory in 1851 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Below is a photo of one of the horse-drawn delivery wagons used by Jacob Fussell Ice Cream. Tucked away in a back corner and likely the last survivor, this wagon is in remarkably good shape.
It wasn't until 1926 that freezers were perfected so it's safe to say that the loads on wagons like this were packed with blocks of ice. By the way, Exeter Street in Baltimore remains to this day but many of the old factories have long past into the history books.
Before we close out this post I offer you a B&W version of this rare find.
Thanks for visiting and I wish each of you a fantastic weekend.