Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 14:41:15 EST
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Ice cream cone; Pop (soda)


As most of you know, I've extensively studied American food words, from
the "hoagie" to the "hot dog" to "pizza." I've also posted on "milk shake,"
"sundae," ice cream sandwich," and "ice cream cone."
A new wrinkle on that last term--which many had thought was invented at
the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair--was in the New York Post, 10 February 1998,
pg. 57, cols. 1-2 (in a Clive Barnes theater review, of all places!):

Evening melts fast at
old ice cream company

MY memory, or lack of it, could well prove the death of me. The other
night, all innocent abroad, I walked into the oddly named Paradise Theater to
see Tom Noonan's oddly named play "Wang Dang."
The name of the theater does suggest a strip club, doesn't it? But in
these post-Giuliani Disneyland days it has apparently been named after the
Paradise Ice Cream Co., once housed in the basement, where, it is claimed, the
ice-cream cone was invented in 1897.
The building a few years later became "a hotbed of union organizing"
(doubtless melting the ice cream) and is, I understand, considered the
official birthplace of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
(...) The premise is pretentious, the ideas jejune, and the evening
wasted. Paradise lost. Bring back the ice-cream cones.

I walked to the Paradise Theater at 64 East Fourth Street (NYU's Bobst
Library is also on Fourth Street). The person there didn't know anything and
said that that information came from the building's owner. I checked
telephone directories and could find NO Paradise Ice Cream Company listed
Next, I'll have to go to the New York Historical Society and check the
Trow's directories and whatever reverse directories (based on location) they
have. I have to miss a day of work, and I haven't had the time.
In the meantime, however, whenever you eat an ice cream cone, think of
the Paradise Ice Cream Company at 64 East 4th Street--and look for the union

POP (soda)

"Pop" (soda) has been mentioned here. The following is from the
Pittsburgh Telegraph, 17 November 1882, pg. 2, col. 1:

THE Bottlers object to being called makers of "Pop," not that this title
savors of pauperism, but of vulgarism.