Hoffman's Ice Cream Tray, circa 1925

Summary

During the 1920s, ice cream became Americans' favorite dessert. This 1920s ice cream tray features Kewpie characters introduced by illustrator Rose O'Neill in 1909. The impish but kind "Kewps," O'Neill claimed, existed to help people overcome their troubles. Triple-layered Neapolitan ice cream had its origins in the handmade ice cream brought to America during the 19th century by Italian immigrants.

During the 1920s, ice cream became Americans' favorite dessert. This 1920s ice cream tray features Kewpie characters introduced by illustrator Rose O'Neill in 1909. The impish but kind "Kewps," O'Neill claimed, existed to help people overcome their troubles. Triple-layered Neapolitan ice cream had its origins in the handmade ice cream brought to America during the 19th century by Italian immigrants.

Artifact

Tray

Date Made

circa 1925

Creators

W. E. Hoffman Company 

Parker Brawner Company 

O'Neill, Rose Cecil, 1874-1944 

Place of Creation

United States, District of Columbia, Washington 

United States, Pennsylvania, Tyrone 

Creator Notes

Created by Parker Brawner Company, Washington, D.C. based lithographers for W. E. Hoffman Co., Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Kewpie characters are based upon the art of Rose O'Neill.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

83.21.255

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal

Dimensions

Height: 13.375 in

Width: 1 in

Length: 13.375 in

Inscriptions

Hoffman's Superior Ice Cream [copyright]Parker Brawner Co., Wash., D.C. [copyright]Rose O'Neill

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