Food History- Joint Session: Ice Cream

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 10th Jun 2021

 Free

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In 19th century America, pleasure gardens, ice cream parlors, and soda fountains were spaces that communicated dominant ideas of gender, class and race.

The nineteenth century was a transition point for ice cream, when ice cream transformed from a luxury product to a mass produced and accessible product; Yet, at the same time as ice cream was becoming a widely available novelty, certain venues of ice cream consumption such as the ice cream parlor continued throughout the century to serve as bastions of elite ideals formed earlier in the 19th century.

By focusing on the landscapes in which ice cream was eaten, we can learn how a product often seen as trivial strengthened elitist social and cultural ideals through their design, advertisement, and focus on ice cream. In chronological order, I focus on three distinct landscapes of consumption: the pleasure garden, the ice cream parlor, and the soda fountain. Each of these spaces communicated different meanings, yet they follow each other in sequence, taking on the meaning created by the space before them and adding their own ideals. Even as certain elements of design and purpose change throughout the nineteenth century, the meaning created at the first pleasure gardens still find their footing in the late 19th century soda fountains.

I also briefly look at a fourth landscape of consumption, the city street. While very different from the other three locations, the contrast in audience, design, and purpose provides insight into how parlors and fountains were strictly gendered, classed, and raced spaces.


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This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 10th Jun 2021

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2021-06-10 2021-06-10 Europe/London Food History- Joint Session: Ice Cream A talk about the history of ice-cream in 19th-century America. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/06/10/food-history-joint-session-ice-cream-260418 ,,,

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