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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 06/21/2011

A Good Humor salute to summer from the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian was kind enough to remind us that today is the first day of summer. And also nudged our memory that one of the joys of summer was the tinkling arrival of the Good Humor Truck.

The famed ice cream bar was invented by Harry Burt in Youngstown, Ohio in 1920 and salesmen soon spread across the country and many summers.
Good Humor Truck, 1938

Of course the Smithsonian has among its 137 million items a real Good Humor Truck. A 1938 white Chevrolet truck, which delivered those chocolate covered bars, is in storage. But as part of the weekly Smithsonian Snapshots series, the museum released a photograph of the vintage truck.

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