Friday, July 17, 2009

Visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania!

Lots of things to do at this world renown museum!
ENERGY, INNOVATION & IMPACT: Now through Thursday, December 31, 2009.
What footprints do railroads leave in the world? View video clips from contemporary railroad companies about their drive for sustainable and clean energy sources, as well as a Museum archival display illustrating the impact that railroads historically made on the American environment. Trains In Motion - This exhibit will reveal the starring role that trains and railroads have often played in the magic of motion pictures through video clips, historic photographs and amazing artifacts.

When you visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania this summer and early this fall, on most weekends and during special events, you will likely see a pristine, white truck parked on the front lawn (weather permitting).
Standing next to the truck will be the Good Humor man, Mike Venezia, or, in some cases, his friend Phil Hatrak. Dressed crisply in white, Mike will be selling 18 delicious ice cream novelties, from Good Humor, Popsicle and Klondike brands. Although Mike's uniform is new and his hats are recently custom made, his hat badge and coin changer are circa 1950s. While you are deciding which frozen treat to choose -- 14 of the 18 items cost less than $2.00 each -- you can ring the bell in Mike's original 1969 Good Humor truck.
A portion of the proceeds from the Good Humor sales at the Museum benefits the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Thank you for your support and enjoy your ice cream!

The Good Humor company started in Youngstown, Ohio during the early 1920s and covered most of the country by the mid 1930s. Good Humor became a fixture in American popular culture and, at its peak in the 1950s, the company operated 2,000 "sales cars."

The company's history includes many stories such the Good Humor vendor who rushed a baby to a hospital for treatment and how the company helped break up a counterfeit money operation on Long Island, New York.
During World War II, a Good Humor truck was assigned to follow one of the armies during maneuvers. The commander could not understand how the opposing artillery was quickly locating his position until he realized that the spotters were using the white Good Humor truck as a guide. Rather than deny his troops ice cream, that night he ordered the truck be painted army green