Historical Tidbits

 1.  During the nineteenth century, ice cream became so popular in England that huge ice wells were built in London to supply the population with fresh ice to make it.   The ice came from Norway and America.

documentation: http://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/ice/iceimport.htm   Look here for wonderful pictures and descriptions of this process.


  It has been taught that ice cream cones were invented during the Saint Louis World’s Fair in 1904 America, but records in England prove that Mrs. Agnes B. Marshall (1855-1905) wrote a cookery book in 1888 that includes a recipe for “coronets with cream.”  This is for an edible cone.  Further documentation reveals that ice cream was served in inedible glass cones in 1820s France and perhaps as early as 1807.  But with ice cream in its earliest form going at least as far back as Persia in 400 B.C., it may be difficult to ever determine the first ice cream served in an edible cone.           documentation: http://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/ice/marshall.htm                               http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream                               http://www.historicfood.com/Ice%20Cream%20Cone.htm        Although ice cream cones were not invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, an Englishman there invented iced tea. Because of the hot weather, regular hot tea wasn’t selling, so Richard Blechyden poured some over ice cubes, and thus was born a new beverage, iced tea.  http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbeverages.htm      Back in England, where the Dutch introduced tea in 1655, it was originally pronounced ‘tay’ and not consistently pronounced with the ‘long e’ sound until around the time of Jane Austen.  Don’t you wonder if she said ‘tee’ or ‘tay?’   http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/Lifestyle/Afternoon%20Tea.htm     A different site lists 1644 as the date tea drinking was introduced to England. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=t&p=4

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