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What Happened To The Ice Cream Man?

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Where Did The Ice Cream Man Go?

Now summer is here we all need ice cream, but what happened to the ice cream man? When did they disappear from the face of the earth? The weather has been warm here the past few days. I’m in the UK, so it’s ideal for chilling out with a lovely ‘Mr Whippy.’ Remember him? ‘Tonibell’ that’s another one. What about ‘Mr Softy?’

When I was a lad it was always a treat on a Sunday to go out to the ice cream man. You’d here his happy chimes coming down the road. A rush for some money and then out into the street to join the orderly queue of kids with tongues hanging out. “A 99 please”, “cornet with hundreds and thousands, please”, “I want a Fireball ice lolly, please.” All sorts of shapes and size of lollies and cornettos.

Every child’s dream of heaven.

It was every child’s dream of heaven. At times there were up to 40 rabid children in those queues, including me. Looking at the poster on the ice cream van that was filled with mouth watering delights with some strange names. Some were so strange we couldn’t pronounce them so we’d just order a 99 with a flake.

There was always the one child, who in the heat of the moment, paid for his ice cream only to turn around and drop the whole thing on the floor! Lots of tears ensued. Dickie Rogers would unscrew the top of the bottle of strawberry sauce loose so that the next person to use it would have a whole bottle full down the front of their clothes. Happy days.

Trying to tell the Grandchildren…..

Trying to tell my Grandchildren about ‘Mr Whippy’ and ‘Tonibell’, they couldn’t grasp the idea that a man in a van would drive the streets selling ice cream. “Why would the van play a silly tune?” “Isn’t it easier to go to the shop, Grandad?” Sensible questions to them and I can’t argue with it.

I came across this poem called Ice-Cream-Man

8 Responses
  • ckennedyhola
    June 15, 2017

    I grew up in the countryside in Ohio, so there was no ice-cream man–lots of cows, though–and corn. I would hear wonderful stories from other kids and see television shows in which the ice-cream man would drive by. It wasn’t until I moved out on my own into apartments and neighborhoods that I would occasionally see an ice-cream truck. We were lucky enough to find one a few weekends ago during one of my son’s outdoor swim meets. Such sightings are quite rare. It’s such a treat when it happens!

    • Trev Jones
      June 15, 2017

      Thank you. I live in the city here in the UK and they were always part of the weekend during the summer months when I was growing up. I’m glad you got to find one with your son. It’s what makes great memories. Thank you for your comments.

  • Anonymous
    June 16, 2017

    Hi Trev! Live on the east coast of the US, and we’ve always had an ice cream truck. Saw one yesterday as a matter of fact. They only sell premade things like popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and the like. My personal favorite was always the oddly named “Bomb Pop”, a red, white, and blue large popsicle. I must know what a fireball ice lolly, a coronet, and a 99 are!

    • Trev Jones
      June 16, 2017

      I’m glad they’re still to be seen in some parts of the world. The weather is probably too cool over here. A 99 was a cornet with ice cream and a chocolate flake and a fireball looked similar to your bomb pop. Thank you for your comment, it’s very much appreciated.

  • janebasilblog
    June 16, 2017

    When I was a kid I lived in a rural area, two miles from the nearest village, but the ice cream man came every Saturday.. It’s hard to believe it was worth his while, although there were five of us kids in the house. It’s also hard to believe mum could afford in every weekend.
    What happened to them? Everyone got freezers, and found it was cheaper to buy tubs of ice cream in those new fangled supermarkets that sprang up everywhere.
    I was brokenhearted when they stopped selling Mr Toffingtons ice lollies – though it as embarrassing to ask for them…

    • Trev Jones
      June 16, 2017

      Wow, I’ve never heard of Mr Toffingham. Great names. Certainly times have changed. Thanks for the comments.

  • Embeecee
    June 16, 2017

    I think the van driver ‘ice cream man’ (I was one myself briefly..drove an ice cream truck for a horrible two months), I think they have vanished like the snows of yesteryear BECAUSE the world has taken a nasty and grim turn for the worst. Mostly now a days you hear of some cretin dealing drugs from the ice cream van or grabbing children off the street and molesting them or other unhappy activities that have made people leery of approaching someone selling ice cream from a van. Plus all those mommies and daddies who are insistent on ‘healthy’ treats and to whom an ice cream cone (over here across the pond) or a mega ice pop are equal to the child ingesting free base sugar. As I said, a sad, grim place is our world today.

    • Trev Jones
      June 16, 2017

      I think I tend to agree with you a lot especially with the world taking a grim and nasty turn for the worse. I wonder when it all started to go like this? Thank you for your thoughts and taking the time to comment.

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