Good Humor truck, 1938


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.

Date Made: 1938

Maker: Chevrolet Motor Car Company

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth D. Dickinson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2000.0264.01Accession Number: 2000.0264Catalog Number: 2000.0264.01

Object Name: truckautomobile

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 moverall: 79 in x 66 in x 182 in; 200.66 cm x 167.64 cm x 462.28 cm


Record Id: nmah_1287653

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