Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 23:53:10 -0400 From: "Barry A. Popik" 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------- ESQUIRE For whatever it's worth, this is from the Long Branch (NJ) Record, 21 September 1900, pg. 5, col. 5: COMMON WORDS MISUSED. To Only Certain Classes Should "Esq." Be Applied. The word "esquire," or, as it is generally abbreviated, "esq." is becoming more and more obsolete in America. And it is well that this is so, for it never had any place here. Even in England, where it belongs, it is woefully misused, and always has been, for not one person out of a great many can tell who are legally esquires. They are all sons of peers, baronets and knights; the elder sons of the younger sons of peers, and their eldest sons in perpetuity; the eldest son of the eldest son of a knight, and the eldest son in perpetuity; king of arms, heralds of arms, officers of the army and navy ranking as captains and upwards, sheriffs of counties for life, J. P.'s of counties while in commission, sergeants-at-law and Queen's counsel, companions of the orders of knighthood, the principal officers of the Queen's household, deputy lieutenants, commissioners of the court of bankruptcy, masters of the Supreme Court and those whom the Queen may see proper to style "esquire." All others have no right to anything beyond the simple prefix "Mr."--Louisville Courier-Journal.