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#OTD 1904: According to some accounts, Charles E. Menches conceived the idea of filling a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream and thereby invented the ice cream cone.

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#AceHistoryDesk – Today in History – On July 23, 1904, according to some accounts, Charles E. Menches conceived the idea of filling a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream and thereby invented the ice cream cone. He is one of several claimants to that honor: Ernest Hamwi, Abe Doumar, Albert and Nick Kabbaz, Arnold Fornachou, and David Avayou all have been touted as the inventor(s) of the first edible cone. Interestingly, these individuals have in common the fact that they all made or sold confections at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. It is from the time of the Fair that the edible “cornucopia,” a cone made from a rolled waffle, vaulted into popularity in the United States.

The Ice Cream Cone

I give Bette the church money for the family, but I do my own charity work myself, so I can see where my money goes. I like to send the ragged little boys who hang around the shop to the movies occasionally, and give them money for ice cream cones to cool them off in summer.

[Growing Up with the Automobile]. Marion Jennings, interviewee; Rose D. Workman, interviewer. Charleston, South Carolina, February 10, 1939. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1940. Manuscript Divisionnone

Another claimant, Italo Marchiony, actually received a patent in 1903 for a device to make edible cups with handles. However the patent drawings show the device as a molded container rather than the rolled waffle seen at the Fair. Although paper and metal cones were used by Europeans to hold ice cream and pita bread was used by Middle Easterners to hold sweets, the ice cream cone seems to have come to America by way of “the Pike” (as the entertainment midway of the St. Louis World’s Fair was called).Thomas Jefferson’s Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream. Holograph Recipe, 1780s. Imagination Gallery B. American Treasures of the Library of Congress. Manuscript Division

The origins of ice cream have been traced back as far as the second century B.C., although a specific date and inventor have not been indisputably credited. Noted figures known to have enjoyed the frozen treat include Alexander the Great (356 BCE-323 BCE), who is said to have eaten snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar, as well as Roman emperor Nero Claudius Caesar (37 AD-68 AD), who supposedly sent runners into the mountains for snow which was then flavored with fruits and juices. Although legend has it that Marco Polo brought back to Europe a Chinese method for creating an ice and milk concoction, recent scholarship indicates that if he did bring back such a recipe, it was probably not from China but from elsewhere along his route. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and milk ices evolved and were served in the fashionable Italian and French royal courts. After the dessert made its appearance in the United States, it was served by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dolley Madison. It also was set out for guests at the inauguration of Andrew Jackson.

The use of ice mixed with salt to lower and control the temperature of the mix of ingredients proved a major breakthrough in the creation of ice cream as we know it. The invention of the wooden bucket freezer with rotary paddles facilitated its manufacture at home, making ice cream a staple of kitchens across the land.

Dairy King Ice Cream Cafe, Route 66, Commerce, Oklahoma. Carol M. Highsmith, photographer, August 12, 2009. Highsmith (Carol M.) Archive. Prints & Photographs Division

A Baltimore company first produced and marketed wholesale ice cream in 1851. The treat became both distributable and profitable with the introduction of mechanical refrigeration. The ice cream shop or soda fountain has since become an icon of American culture.

Farm boys eating ice-cream cones, Washington, Indiana. John Vachon, photographer, July 1941. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives. Prints & Photographs Division
Children making ice cream…near Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina. Marion Post Wolcott, photographer, [Oct. 1940?]. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives. Prints & Photographs Division
Children with ice cream cones, National Rice Festival, Crowley, Louisiana. Russell Lee, photographer, Oct. 1938. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives. Prints & Photographs Division
View of Stained Glass Tiffany Lamp, in Zaharako’s Ice Cream Parlor, Columbus, Bartholomew County, IN. Jack Boucher, photographer, April 1974. Historic American Buildings Survey/ Historic American Engineering Record, Historic American Landscapes Survey. Prints & Photographs Division

Dud Leaves HomeDud Leaves Home. Wallace Carlson, animator and writer; United States: Bray Pictures Corporation, 1919. Origins of American Animation. Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Dud wants to buy his girlfriend Maime an ice cream cone, so he breaks open his mother’s bank and splits her last dime in half in the process. His mother punishes him, so he runs away. Dud is scared by imaginary ghosts in the dark, so he runs back home where he gets a spanking from his mother.

The Origins of American Animation documents the development of early American animation. The collection includes twenty-one animated films and two fragments which span the years 1900 to 1921. The films feature clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings.

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Roman Catholic Cardinal James Gibbons, champion of labor and advocate of the separation of church and state, was born to Irish immigrants in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 23, 1834. Not long after his birth, Gibbons’ ailing father moved the family back to Ireland at his doctor’s suggestion. After his father’s death in 1847, Gibbons’ mother decided to move her family back to the United States. On their harrowing journey, their boat was shipwrecked in the Bahamas, but the family eventually reached its destination of New Orleans in 1853.

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