This postcard features ice cream spoons. I have tried to discover the history of the ice cream spoon, but was unable to unearth much of anything! I did, however find a lot about spoons. The first time the ordinary spoon was mentioned comes from England in 1259 when it was described as a part of the first King Edward's wardrobe! In that time spoons were not only used for eating, but were worn as a mark of wealth and power. In fact, the coronation of every king of England was followed by the ritual "anointing" of the special spoon.
There are spoons for eating just about anything--including ice cream. Some ice cream spoons have a fluted side to them, others are like today's "spork."
It is no wonder people invented a spoon just for ice cream. This icy dessert has become such an important part of our culture it has even been honored in recent times. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the month of July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.
He recognized ice cream as a delicious, nutritious food enjoyed by nearly 100 percent of the nation's population. In this important proclamation, the president called for all people of the United States to celebrate various events honoring ice cream with all due "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
Ice cream may seem like a small bite of summer, but in reality it is wildly popular year round. The ice cream industry in the United States contributes more than $39.0 billion to the national economy and creates more than 188,000 jobs in communities across the country.
As for me? I love all kinds of ice cream—but French Vanilla bean is my favorite. What is yours?
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