09 June 2011

Ice Cream van

Summer is on its way, I'll have a 99 please

In the UK these ice creams with a flake are often called '99s' - according to the Internet they are called this because many ice cream sellers in the fifties were Italian. In the days of the monarchy in Italy the King had an elite guard consisting of 99 soldiers. Subsequently anything really special or first class was known as "99".

11 comments:

  1. Fun to learn where words and names come from.
    Good thing we don't have an ice cream truck coming around our village; I'd be buying a 99 every day.

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  2. Nice shot and fascinating info

    Chrissy

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  3. I want to order a 99, too! Yummy photo!

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  4. Before the second photo appeared, I was already thinking that I'd want a Flake 99! :-)It's been donkey's years since my last one...

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  5. They are rather nice, I also like Cornettos, Magnums, choc-ices....you name it really!

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  6. I don't know if your ice cream trucks play horribly loud music like ours, but if that went away I would like them better. I know they have to alert us of their presence but they always seem to appear in the neighborhood as I am walking.

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  7. This one seems to be permanently in this spot, but those that 'roam' the streets do tend to have music, but it's normally not too loud!

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  8. Is that at the far end of college street? I used to buy one for my son there sometimes.

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  9. Yes it's the one at the end of College Street

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  10. I cannot remember the last time I had a 99, but it was a long time back. I prefer dairy ice cream rather than the soft version from these vans. In the village where I live we have an ice cream boat on the canal and they do proper dairy ice cream, yummy. Paul at Leeds photography

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