How nice that you had so many ways to use water to keep cool. It really works. No, my mother wouldn't have left us at a pool, either.
That fact, about drinking from hoses, has become a source of joking, or maybe not so much joking, between our generation and younger people.
Our generation likes to point out the things that we did which did not harm us. ie: Drinking from hoses.
I realize now that there could have been lead in the metal parts, but I truly believe that the sporadic drinks from a hose then, were safer than the horrible plastics that are used in hoses today, and I can't guarantee you that there's not lead in the imported metal parts.
All I can say is that we drank from them now and then.
Popsicles and ice cream/sherbet...delicious! Especially homemade!
I watch a show on the History Channel called: The Food That Built America. I would find the facts fascinating on their own, but it's made with actors/actresses playing the parts of food giants, as if you are there watching it happen. I love it.
Anyway, last night was about ice cream and Popsicles, speaking of them.
Apparently, previous to the 20's, people didn't trust ice cream. Lots of things were added to it back then, from wheat to bluing (to give it a whiter appearance.) and small stands were unsanitary. They handed you a small dish to eat from, then just wiped it off for the next customer. There wasn't hot water and soap to really wash the dishes.
Until, the Good Humor guy began working on a sanitary ice cream. He put ice cream on a stick, then coated it in chocolate.
The problem was, no one really had freezers yet.
So, he bought a handful of Model-T-like trucks from Ford, and sent them out to sell ice cream, before the days of food trucks.
It went over like a lead Zeppelin. People didn't trust strange men selling from vehicles. That's when he painted the trucks a sanitary white, put logos on them, and gave his sellers the white uniforms they are known for. Then, he added a bell off of something that belonged to his children.
And, he got a patent for the stick serving idea. But, 2,000 miles away, in San Francisco, the Popsicle also had a patent for his treat on a stick.
Unfortunately, Mr. Epperson, of Popsicle fame, got into business with some people that he shouldn't have, when he needed partners, so he sold his patent early on.
He had some great ideas. Originally, he could only make his family 'Pop's Sicle' (From Pop's Icicle.) in the winter, when he could freeze them with cold weather. But, he invented a box that would freeze them by dropping the freezing temperature with the use of ice and salt.
He experimented by using test tubes for flavors, thus the kind of Popsicle shape was born.
The beginning of Good Humor had similar problems. Places that made ice cream had to have a lot of ice delivered. It required 43 lbs. of ice to make a gallon of ice cream. I enjoy facts like that.
I love Impalas.
I was always a 'window down' person myself.
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