Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ABC Wednesdays - I for Icecream

This guy made my day; not because I wanted ice cream, but because I needed a photo for the letter "I". When I heard his bell ringing, I grabbed my camera and headed out the front gate!

I remember as a child when not only did we have ice cream deliveries, but almost everything else - no need to travel to the shop. There was the butcher, the baker (not sure about the candlestick maker!) We had ice and milk deliveries and calls by a grocer and a greengrocer.

I really don't know how this ice cream delivery man survives; I rarely see any customers.

The ABC Wednesday meme was created by Denise Nesbitt. To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see other participants' contributions click here.

13 comments:

Ann said...

Hi Gordon,

Here in New Zealand, we have Mr. Whippy.

When I was little in Borneo, the Icecream man came in his bicycle and sounds his hand held horn. Mum didn't like us buy his ware, because she says he was unhygenic. But when we saved enough money, and when we hear his horn, we dash round the corner and buy his icecream, At that time it was only 5 cts. What about that?

I guess we both belong to that same generation where things were delivered.

I like your pun about the baker and candlestick maker.

Cheers,

Ann

Digital Polaroids said...

In Argentina there are no such icecream vans... but I loved them, I always see them in movies

Donna said...

If I was there, he'd be RICH!Hahaa...hughugs

Sylvia K said...

Ah, the ice cream man! Now that brought back memories! We still have them here in Seattle, but like you said, I don't know how they make any money as I never see the herd of kids following them today like they did when I was a kid! Great post for today! Thanks!

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photowannabe said...

During our summer we have a truck that comes around and sells ice cream too. I never see any customers either. Its a great choice for the letter I.

Neva said...

very neat ice cream truck photo...I like it...It iwll be awhile before ice cream trucks start up again here!

Carol said...

Good catch...I can hear the bell ringing....enjoyed your jaunt down memory lane....

Jay said...

We still have the ice cream vans, and also the fish and chip van, the wet fish van, and the tea van - not that I buy from any of them! And my Mum has deliveries of good quality ready made meals, so she doesn't have to rely on the awful free 'meals on wheels' service.

We can also get our supermarket shopping delivered to our door, and the local pet shop delivers too!

It didn't used to be the way, but people realised that there was still a market for home delivery and it all came creeping back!

Tumblewords: said...

I remember those days, too. I've often wondered how the ice cream delivery business manages to stay around - all the other 'bring in' wonders have fallen by the wayside. Maybe I'll go buy an ice cream the next time I hear the tinkle.

sagreat said...

I remember as a child in the 80's Tip Top Bakery used to deliver to to our door in the mornings.

Throughout the school holidays my sister and I would be on our best behaviour while waiting for that delivery van in hope of Mum buying us an iced finger bun.

I've stumbled upon your blog while doing some research on Adelaide for uni and I have to thank you for taking some amazing photos of this city!

alicesg said...

Very interesting. Our ice cream are either from the shop or they sold them on tricycles. I love the old fashioned ice cream sandwiched with two pieces of bread. Yummy.

aussieforgood said...

Oh wow, this brings back so many childhood memories in Mt Isa, whenever we heard the ice cream truck every Sunday as children we'd beg my mum to let us buy some, I think the price of ice cream back then in the late 80's was $1.00 or $1.50.

And I do remember the milk man too who came every day...my mum would always buy us custard and chocolate milk from him.