Aeromarine Ice Cream Party

Posted on Sun, July 17, 2016

July is National Ice Cream Month!  On March 16, 1922, the staff of Aeromarine Airways in Miami, Florida, held an impromptu ice cream party.  Aeromarine flew a summer plane service in New York and a winter service between Florida, Cuba, and the Bahamas. In addition to the great weather, the Caribbean Islands provided access to alcohol for thirsty Americans suffering the effects of Prohibition.

Black and white photo of several people eating ice cream.

Staff of the Aeromarine Airways Miami office eat ice cream that they failed to deliver to the Lighthouse at Bimini: Harold Racey, Tom Elliott, Jack Graybeal, Lane Jennings, “Luke,” Alva Walker, Roland [Rolhfs], Wallace Culbertson, and Helen. Image: National Air and Space Museum Archives, NASM 00172992


According to Roland Rolhfs, manager of the Miami office, the staff discovered a shipment of ice cream that they had failed to deliver to the Lighthouse at Bimini in the Bahamas. They were more than willing to save the ice cream from its untimely melted fate by eating it themselves! 

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