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Ice Cream

1948 ice cream truck

Melodee ice cream truck: "And The Band Played On".
Click to pop up a loop
of it if the above player doesn't work for you. (You may need to hold down Ctrl key to allow it).

Webmaster, 7/4/2008: Check out WFMU's "Beware of the Blog"entries of 6/26/2006 and 6/8/2005, the latter of which carries a Mr. Softee MP3 (the original lyrics are halfway down the page), and much ice cream truck jingle history.

I spliced TTM's icecream.wav on 4/29/2000 from an online sample of an urban musicology album so it could play on a continuous loop here.

Gailard Sartain's Tulsa Magazine cover
1970 Tulsa Magazine cover painted by Gailard Sartain, aka Mazeppa.

Lowell Burch's home movie of a west Tulsa ice cream truck in the late 50s.

Circa 1948 photo of the 38th & Peoria Dairy Queen, then-new Shannonwood Park development behind it.
Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

A Tastee-Freez, a Dairy Queen & a 50s DQ at night on "The Outsiders" pages.

Hawk Dairy
This early 1940s picture is courtesy of Si Hawk.

See & read more, add Java snow to the above pic: Ice Cream at Hawk Dairies

Glencliff Ice Cream (from Guestbook 42) Richard Hamby said:

...Had forgotten about the Glencliff Dairy stores. In the '50s, there was one on north Cincinnati at Pine, and another, unfortunately, between Central's athletic practice field and the SE entrance to the old downtown school building. Many times I would scoot in for a sundae on the way back from practice.. that is until Coach Lantz caught me there one afternoon...

They did have wonderful sundaes, with a lot of Hershey's Chocolate syrup squirted over little balls of ice cream they packed into a great big milkshake cup. I didn't realize until I moved to Texas how close Blue Bell Ice Cream was to the old Glencliff!

That's really good advice.

(from GroupBlog 234) Jim Ruddle said:

While Glencliff may have been the grand old man of Tulsa's premium ice creams, the most important freezer in my young life was Burt's, at Sixth and Main(?-see below).

Here, the milk shake and malted took on an entirely new form. Burt's, the original Good Humor company, had something they added to ice cream and milk that made for malteds so thick that they required a spoon. And the flavors. Who in Tulsa had ever attempted a peanut butter milkshake until Burt's came along? The blenders whirred as a variety of flavors--the usual strawberry, root beer, chocolate, etc.--and the banana malted got a whole banana tossed in to be liquified.

A Burt's milkshake or malted was a full meal by itself.

(from GroupBlog 234) Frank Morrow said:

Jim Ruddle's remarks about Burt's ice cream store and Glencliff brings back fond memories.

After a hard day of practice at athletics at Central high, many of us loved to go to the Glencliff ice cream store east of the school to get one of their great sundaes or milk shakes. There was a hazard, though: The coaches considered that a violation of training rules. Consequently, one boy would be assigned the job of lookout from the big, front window. When he would yell, "A coach is coming!," we'd all drop to the floor, giggling.

At Burt's place on 6th and Boston we loved those huge Malt-o-Plenties. If you ordered a sandwich to go along with the main treat, it was tough to finish the meal because of the size and thickness of the milk shake or malt.

Burt's, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
Burt's at 6th & Boston (according to the Tulsa Library site), courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Burt's, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
Inside the downtown Burt's, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Burt's , courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
Another Malt-A-Plenty outlet, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Burt's Good Humor, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Burt's Good Humor, SW corner of 18th & Baltimore, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
Burt's Good Humor, SW corner of 18th & Baltimore, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Ice cream parlor
Unknown ice cream parlor. Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Pure Milk's Cone Corner

Pure Milk's Cone Corner, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

Joy Cooper in 1969(from Guestbook 113) Joy Cooper said:

I just went to the ice cream page and played that wonderful music.

Just out of high school, Linda Johnson and I with another East Central renegade "borrowed" one of those ice cream trucks from the renegade's brother who had a route and foolishly left it parked in his driveway. We played that tinkling music and drove everywhere, giving away ice cream to all the kids who came streaming out of their houses when they heard it. It was a joyride I'll never forget..of course the brother was highly p.o.'d and never brought the truck home again...ha!

My first job was at Cone Corner, an ice cream place in some shopping center..the first of its kind at that time. I was no soda jerk...my first milk shake jumped the tracks from the machine and it sprayed ice cream and milk all over that store, the customers and me. And ice cream is as hard as a rock in those tubs..you needed the strength of an ox to budge it and roll it into that perfect little ice cream cone ball. Never have cared much for the stuff since then.

Pure Milk kiosk, 1960s On Boing Boing, 3/1/2005, the webmaster said of the Pure Milk Producers Association (P.M.P.A.) kiosks, which looked like giant milk cartons:

"We had several of these exciting automated milk stores around Tulsa in the 1960s. You plugged in a few coins, pushed the button, listened to the mysterious robotic sounds from within, then out dropped your half-gallon carton of milk."

I think you could get ice cream there, too.

There is a Humpty Dumpty grocery store in the background, which might place this kiosk across from the Admiral Place shopping center. There was another kiosk near the fairgrounds, I believe.

(from Guestbook 167) Mark Watkins said:

I've been racking my brain for a couple of years about Dr. Redlove's Ice Cream Parlor...that was out south on Lewis, wasn't it? Near 61st Street? I can't find anyone who remembers.

(from Guestbook 184) Bob Oliver said:

This is a response to Mark Watkins' post.

I remember going to Dr. Redlove's when I was in 3rd or 4th grade it must have been around 1973. I have always remembered it being in the Farm on 51st and Sheridan. It later became several other restaurants including an Interurban (I think).

The thing I remember most about Dr. Redlove's (I don't know why this stuck with me) was they had sugar packets with the signs of the zodiac with very 70s style artwork and every time my family would go there I would snag all 12 and take them with me to school the next day.

(from Guestbook 226) Jim said:

I used to work at Dr. Redlove's back in about '73-'74. It was located in the Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan. The owner had cash flow problems and sometimes our paychecks bounced. He finally got into trouble with the IRS. The business changed hands a couple of times after that. Anybody remember the Flaming Panacea?

(from GroupBlog 234) Seacalmed said:

I worked (at Dr. Redlove's) in early high school as a waitress. They had us wear these verrry short-skirted red and white uniforms and seemed to only hire cuties for that work. We lit large fires on birthday cakes and there were many bells and whistles for such events. No wonder... Mark probably liked those short skirts.

(from GroupBlog 291) "A Good Waitress... Really" said:

I was one of the waitresses in the short skirts at Dr. Redlove's my Sr. year in high school.

I wondered if anyone had any pics of the interior from that time or of the Flaming Panacea.

Webmaster: I wonder if anyone has any pics of the waitresses in the short skirts.

(from GroupBlog 234) Erick said:

First of all, I didn't know TTM had an ice cream page. Secondly, I looked over the ice cream page, and was appalled that no one had yet mentioned Swenson's. I know there was a location at the Fontana Shopping Center in the early 90s, and I think there was one for a time around 65th-ish and Lewis.

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