Hutchinson's Ice Cream Tray, circa 1925

Summary

This 1920s ice-cream tray features the popular banana split. Although several claims to its invention exist, the best-documented story belongs to David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice experimenting with new sundaes at a Latrobe, Pennsylvania pharmacy. This new ice cream novelty quickly caught on among the town's college students. Walgreen's Drug Store, in Chicago, is credited with spreading its popularity.

This 1920s ice-cream tray features the popular banana split. Although several claims to its invention exist, the best-documented story belongs to David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice experimenting with new sundaes at a Latrobe, Pennsylvania pharmacy. This new ice cream novelty quickly caught on among the town's college students. Walgreen's Drug Store, in Chicago, is credited with spreading its popularity.

Artifact

Tray

Date Made

circa 1925

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

83.21.258

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal

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