[Ads-l] "shave ice" discovered by the Times (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Wed Jul 20 16:43:58 UTC 2016


Earlier still:

Honolulu _Evening Bulletin_ 21 Aug 1897 p 1 col 3

"The frequent call for cool drink at the Palama Grocery has induced us to set apart a window for the sale of cold drinks. Our milk shakes are delicious, nothing but pure fresh milk, shaved ice and the purest of flavoring syrup being used, which we sell at Celestial price, 5¢ per glass. H. Cannon, Palama Grocery, opposite Railway Depot, King Street"

(What is the reference to "Celestial price"?  To my way of thinking, the above is neither a milk shake, nor a classic Hawaiian shaved ice.  So . . . )

Honolulu _Sunday Advertiser_ 22 Apr 1906 p 13 col 1
""Snowballs," another of the native drinks, bring-- with them a delightful sensation of cooling breezes from our native shore, and on hearing the vender's cry we hurry to the gate and "beg you a glass" as is the custom here.  The cooling beverage is carried about the streets in a small hand cart covered with a roof, with bottles arranged around the open sides which  are filled with flavored syrups, a small quantity of which is poured into a glass filled with shaved ice."
(this quote is from an article about beverages from Jamaica)

> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Peter Reitan
> Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:36 PM
> Subject: Re: "shave ice" discovered by the Times
> "Shave ice," although perhaps not by that name, has been served in Hawaii since at least 1917.  In an article warning about the health risks
> of candy carts selling to school children:
> "Menace To the Children
> A report from the tuberculosis bureau, published in this issue, shows the direct relationship between school children's lunches and the
> building up of the little bodies to that degree of health where any latent seeds of the white plague may be thrown off. . . .
> This is the matter of the itinerant candy carts which draw their principal trade from the school children, tempting the little ones to spend
> their lunch money for what are at best only excuses for food.  Many and many a child has sacrificed his midday lunch in order to feast on
> shaved ice with a teasponful [sic] of colored syrup poured on it, while other spend their nickels on cheap candies, soda-water or other
> tempting dainty of the push carts."
> The Hawaiian Gazette, January 23, 1917, page 4. ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov

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