Sunday, 26 September 2010

Liverpool painting No75. Coleridge Street.

The last days of summer. Distant mowers make their final cut and the ice cream vans wind down for the winter. What ever happened to Vincent's ice cream and Mr Whippy?

By the 1950s, ice cream vans were enjoying their hay day. Many chains of operators sprang up and the chime of an ice cream van was a daily part of life around the streets and on the many new housing estates.

Most homes did not have any facility for storing frozen food so the ices had to be eaten when they were purchased. On Sundays it was a regular treat for a family to have a bowl filled with ice cream and enjoy it with canned fruit - these days over 90% of homes have freezers and we can eat ice cream at any time. Although this also means that we don't have to wait for the ice cream man when we want to enjoy a lolly or basic ice cream.

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