Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 07:10:51 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Ice cream cone; Dutch "highway"; "America" Papers; Stamp Acts
ICE CREAM CONE
Paul Dickson's THE GREAT AMERICAN ICE CREAM BOOK (1972) gives a
delicious treatment of "ice cream cone" and will be tough to lick. On pages
66-73, he presents "The Somewhat Confusing Saga of the Ice Cream Cone."
Ernest A. Hamwi came from Damascus, Syria to St. Louis in 1903. In the
1904 St. Louis World's Fair (the same fair where the hot dog bun was NOT
invented), he obtained a concession to sell zalabia, a crisp, waferlike
Persian pastry baked on a flat waffle iron and served with sugar and other
sweets. An ice cream concession was close by his stand. When the ice cream
stand ran out of dishes, Hamwi rolled his wafer and put a scoop of ice cream
in it. The ice cream cone was born.
The very year (1954) that the 50th anniversary of the ice cream cone was
celebrated, the New York Times ran an obituary of Italo Marchiony on October
19, 1954, stating that Marchiony had been making cones and selling them as
early as 1896. He applied for a patent on his cone mold, which was issued on
December 13, 1904.
Two other contenders emerged. In 1965, the New York Times ran an
obituary of David Avayou, an Atlantic City, New Jersey ice cream shop
operator who claimed that HE invented the ice cream cone at the 1904 World's
Fair. He got the idea from paper cones in France. Abe Doumar, who hawked
Holy Land souvenirs at the Fair, claimed that HE gave the idea to the waffle
man there. His son published this version in THE SAGA OF THE ICE CREAM CONE.
There are others. In August 1947, a Chicago Sun story on Max Goldberg
of the cone giant Illinois Baking Company stated that Goldberg had first sold
cones in 1903. Nineteenth century France supposedly had its paper and metal
cones, and Dusseldorf also put in a claim to edible containers.
Can I beat ("lick" if you will) Dickson on the ice cream cone?
This has to be investigated further, but it is from Variety obituaries
for 8 December 1931. We now have a circus theory:
Chas. E. Menchez, Creator Of Ice Cream Cones, Dead
Charles E. Menchez, 72, died from a heart attack at his home in Akron,
O., Dec. 3. He was the creator of the ice cream cone, a circus acrobat, park
operator and picture theatre exhibitor.