Ice cream collectibles appropriate for hot August days!

Good Humor truck, 1938. 2000.0264.01. Original SPS number unknown.

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As the dog days of summer are upon us, what better way to cool off than with a lovely ice cream treat? Whether it’s a chocolate sundae, ice cream cone or a banana split, not many of us can resist cold, creamy ice cream in your favorite flavor.

And despite the fact that National Ice Cream Day took place nearly a month ago, on July 19, I’ve been enjoying ice cream all throughout this very hot summer.

An article in “Country Living” back a few months discussed the values of ice cream-themed items, namely a toy Good Humor truck. A vintage toy truck from the 1950s, and made in Japan, was valued at up to $200.

According to the article in the May, 2020 issue of Country Living, Good Humor began in 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio. Soon thereafter, the Good Humor fleet of trucks hit the streets with their tell-tale ringing bells and kids of all ages were hooked! I can vividly remember straining to hear the bells on the next block alerting us that Carl was on his way.

When I was growing up the Good Humor “man” was a mainstay during the summer months. Carl was our Good Humor man –a good-natured, thin, wiry man, who ran around quickly serving the line of children waiting for their frozen treats. His white uniform was impeccably clean and pressed – I don’t remember ever seeing a stain or dirt mark on it.

In our neighborhood, we also had a fairly large group of adults who regularly purchased frozen treats from Carl. He was always friendly to us kids and would take a minute to chat with the adults. The other memory I have is Carl making change from his silver coin sorter on his belt. That was delivered as quickly as the ice cream bars. I remember the “Wahoo Bars,” ice cream bars; and my favorite was the “Chocolate Éclair bars. I ate quite a few of them over the years and still love them. Good Humor bars were made with quality ice cream and were a little more expensive than the frozen custards of other ice cream men who traveled the neighborhood. If you were low on cash, the Wahoo bar was a low-priced choice, until allowance day.

Sadly Good Humor trucks are now part of our collective memories as the company pulled them in the late 1970s. But don’t despair, you can still get your favorite Good Humor treats in the grocery store!

Good Humor items and other ice cream collectibles –including advertising; cartons; ice cream scoops and specialty ice cream bowls – are available for sale on the Internet. I’ve sold a couple of sets of banana split dishes over the years, and there are plenty out there for sale! I’m happy to have a Good Humor truck from 1983 (Matchbox) that technically belongs to my son. But in our house, it’s called “The Coot-Non truck.” More on that later.  

As the Covid crisis continues its roller coaster of ups and downs, with regard to cases and restrictions, we’re continuing to see an increased number of online auctions to keep up with interest in antiques/collectibles. Here’s a few upcoming auctions that I received via e-mail as well as others advertised right here in Collectors Journal/Barr’s Post Card News & Ephemera.

An online-only auction is Wednesday, August 19th, at 10:30 am Eastern time, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The sale is being billed as the largest and most diverse in the company's history, with a whopping 351 lots, many of them signed by some of history' s brightest luminaries -- names like Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac and many others. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.comAuctionzip.com and the University Archives website (UniversityArchives.com). If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, you can email him at john@universityarchives.com.

A colossal four-day auction event is slated for September 4th-7th by Preston Evans of Preston Opportunities. The auction will be held live, at the Big Peach Antiques Mall in Byron, Georgia, with limited online bidding available via LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale is jam-packed with items from Mr. Evans's personal collections, plus items from other estates and collections (to include his longtime friend Buddy Austin, recently deceased). Items will include vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles; Popeye collectibles, magic memorabilia, Coke items, toys, petroliana, militaria, music boxes, cash registers, watches, clocks, Civil War memorabilia, jukeboxes, Western items, arcade games, slot machines, cameras and more. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Preston Evans at 678-296-3326; or, you can email him at presto434343@yahoo.com.

The auction of a single owner collection of American Brilliant Cut Glass is planned for two days, September 11th and 12th, by Woody Auction, live at the gallery in Douglass, Kansas and online via LiveAuctioneers.com. The William Buschling collection of ABCG (and Brilliant Period Cut Glass) features an exceptional array of quality glass, with a special emphasis on sterling adorned pieces. Offered will be ewers, decanters, vases, cups, trays and more -- a whopping 650 lots in all. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jason Woody at 316-747-2694; or, you can email him at info@woodyauction.com.

Have an enjoyable couple of weeks. Our next issue will be September 8. Enjoy bidding and browsing, and please contact us with mystery items; club and convention news; Auction Action news as well as unusual collections. We can be reached at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.