Ice cream was a delicacy in the late 1800s into the early 1900s, and this handy Thermopak ice cream carrier made it easier to get your favorite flavor home before it melted. Since ice cream wasn’t packaged like it is now, you purchased the carrier, and you could take it back to your retailer, and he would refill it for about 25 cents. I found an ad in the April 29, 1920, edition of the Indianapolis Star that showed you could purchase the container alone for $1.50 or for $1.75 you could get the container with ice cream already packed in it. This great piece is made of heavy cardboard on the outside with a metal lid and bottom and metal inside lip. There is a bail handle on the lid and one on the container itself; once you had it packed with food, the two bails can lock and keep the lid on tightly. The instructions for use are still attached to the inside of the lid. The Thermopak logo is printed on the front and back of the container and pressed into the metal lid. The container itself is 9 ¼” tall and 5 ½” on the outside diameter. The inside diameter is 3 ½”. Considering this piece is around 100 years old, it is in wonderful condition. There is a stain on one side and a few nicks; the lid and bottom have lost their shine, but there is no rust or corrosion. This is such an interesting piece and could be used in so many different decorative ways.
This would be a great addition to your kitchen collection or as part of a vintage Victorian vignette. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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