Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 23:53:10 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Ice Cream Sandwich; Esquire
ICE CREAM SANDWICH
"Sadly, several defy historical sleuthing and seem to have just appeared
around the turn of the century. Such is the case with the ice cream
sandwich, the banana split, and the float--and for lack of data the songs of
their hero-inventors must go unsung."
--Paul Dickson, THE GREAT AMERICAN ICE CREAM BOOK (1972).
This is from the Long Branch (NJ) Record, 24 August 1900, pg. 4, col. 5:
ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
All Wall Street Buying Them Nowa-
days, to the Profit of the Inventor.
The latest thing that the purveyors to the gastronomic demands of the
office boys, messengers and clerks in the Wall street district are supplying
to their patrons is the ice cream sandwich. It made its first appearance
during the hot spell of last week. A young man showed up with a wagon and
began to descant on the value of his wares at the corner of Nassau and Wall
streets. He soon had a crowd around him, and the first man that tried an ice
cream sandwich bit into it gingerly. It was made of two graham wafers and a
slab of ice cream between. The wafers were fresh and crisp and sweet and the
ice cream was good. Then, too, it had the advantage of being cold in
addition to being palatable. The cost of the sandwich was one, two and three
cents, according to the thickness of the slab of ice cream.
This new edible made such a hit that its fame spread through the Wall
street district the first day and the young man who invented it did not have
enough of stock to satisfy the demand. The second day the brokers themselves
got to buying ice cream sandwiches and eating them in a democratic fashion
side by side on the sidewalk with the messengers and the office boys. All of
the other ice cream and lemonade vendors saw that they were outclassed and
immediately began to sell imitations. The young man held the bulk of the
trade, however, throughout the week.