Our delicious history started in 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio, when confectioner Harry Burt created a chocolate coating compatible with ice cream. His daughter was the first to try it. Her verdict? It tasted great, but was too messy to eat.
Burt’s son suggested freezing the sticks used for their Jolly Boy Suckers (Burt’s earlier invention) into the ice cream to make a handle and things took off from there.
The Good Humor name came from the belief that a person’s “humor”, or temperament, was related to the humor of the palate (a.k.a., your “sense of taste”). And we still believe in great-tasting, quality products.
Soon after the Good Humor bar was created, Burt outfitted a fleet of twelve street vending trucks with freezers and bells from which to sell his creation. The first set of bells came from his son’s bobsled. Good Humor bars have since been sold out of everything from tricycles to push carts to trucks.
Good Humor became a fixture in American popular culture, and at its peak in the 1950s the company operated 2,000 sales cars. Murray introduced their Good Humor Ice Cream Truck in 1955.
1956 Murray Good Humor Ice Cream Truck
8 x 1.7″ ORCO Air King Tyres
This unrestored original Good Humor Ice Cream Truck recently arrived from Los Angeles. Coincidentally, England has been experiencing one of the warmest Decembers on record: so my photoshoot on Brighton seafront less than a week before Xmas was not that different than if I’d photographed it by Santa Monica pier.
ORCO Air King Tyres fitted to Murray’s tricycles were manufactured by the Ohio Rubber Co, of Willoughby, Ohio.
MURRAY RADIO PATROL POLICE CYCLE