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August 3, 2005

One hundred years ago, 11–year–old Frank Epperson accidentally invented the Popsicle

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It happened in San Francisco, in the year 1905.

One day young Frank mixed some soda water powder and water, a popular drink in those days.

He forgot that he'd left the mixture on his back porch.

Overnight the temperature dropped suddenly to a record low and the drink froze.

Frank took the stick of frozen soda water to school to show his friends.

Eighteen years passed.

In 1923 Frank, now 29, recalled his frozen soda water mixture and began a business producing what he called Epsicles in seven fruit flavors.

He applied for and received a patent in 1924 for "frozen ice on a stick," called the Epsicle ice pop.

His children took the ball into the end zone for him, renaming it the Popsicle.

By 1928 he had earned royalties on more than 60 million Popsicles.

In 1931 he sold his invention to the Joe Lowe Co. of New York City, from where it made its way to Good Humor.

Julia Watson wrote an article about this wonderful stroke of lightning; it appeared in papers all over the U.S. in late July.

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Comments

Is there any truth to the rumour that Frank Epperson bought or built the "Castle House" at the south end of Stinsen Beach?

Posted by: Gary | Aug 17, 2005 12:30:20 PM

Quiesently frozen confection....or something like this, used to be on the Creamcicle or was it Dreamsicle bar....

Posted by: Mb | Aug 3, 2005 9:32:22 PM

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