It’s Christmas in July!
Business: Ballard Ice Cream Company
Year of this Advertisement: 1921
Location: Originally on North Delaware Street; at the time of this ad, located at 315 N. Alabama Street
What they did: Sold ice cream and milk
Years of operation: 1877-1952
Notable: In 1900, the owner of Ballard Ice Cream Co., William Hadley Ballard, donated land and a building to the Friends’ Boarding Home for Girls, a boarding house for girls who were forced to earn a living on their own. The organization changed its name to the Bertha Ester Ballard Home, after Ballard’s daughter who passed away at a young age. The boarding house existed until the mid-1970’s.
Additionally: Nesselrode Pudding (the ad spells the name of this dessert incorrectly) is a frozen fruitcake-esque dessert made with candied fruit, chestnuts, and custard. It is sometimes topped with whipped cream, and was very popular from the 1920’s – 1950’s. Have you ever had or made Nesselrode Pudding? Or, what is your favorite holiday dessert?
On a more personal note, this marks my last Sunday Adverts column; another great HI writer will be taking my place next week. Thank you to those who read and enjoyed the column!