WASHINGTON, June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, JUNE 15: ICE CREAM
Profile America — Friday, June 15th. One of the joys of summer — a trip to the ice cream store for several dips of your favorite flavor — goes back to this month in 1786, when Hall's Ice Cream Store opened on Chatham Street in New York City. But the supply was limited. In 1851, Baltimore milk dealer Jacob Fussell decided to make ice cream commercially. He built larger versions of the hand-cranked machines still popular today for backyard picnics. However, ice cream didn't become a widespread favorite until the advances in electrical power and refrigeration in the early 20th century. In 1910, each American consumed a little less than two pounds of ice cream a year. Today, counting all frozen dairy products, that figure is over 24 pounds. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: American Speakers Calendar of Events
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 331
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1260
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau