Good Humor truck, 1938

National Museum of American History

Good Humor truck, 1938

Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Description
The Good Humor truck is one of the best known symbols of food vending on wheels. In the early 1920s, Harry Burt, Sr., the proprietor of an ice cream parlor in Youngstown, Ohio, created a chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bar on a stick with the help of his son, Harry Burt, Jr. Good Humor bars were peddled in gleaming white refrigerated trucks by driver / salesmen in white uniforms; a set of bells announced the truck’s presence. Other businessmen soon established Good Humor franchises in major cities. The Smithsonian’s 1938 Chevrolet truck was used in the Boston area.
Location
Currently not on view
Credit Line
Gift of Elizabeth D. Dickinson
1938
ID Number
2000.0264.01
accession number
2000.0264
catalog number
2000.0264.01
Object Name
truck
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 3/4 ft x 5 21/32 ft x 14 29/32 ft; 2.0574 m x 1.7273 m x 4.5467 m
overall: 79 in x 66 in x 182 in; 200.66 cm x 167.64 cm x 462.28 cm
National Museum of American History
Record ID
nmah_1287653
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-a45b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

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