Klondikes, Chipped Ham and Skyscraper Cones: The Story of Isaly's

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"A sweet reading treat." --Helen Frangoulis, Playboy

"Brian Butko has written the definitive story of Isaly's with all its ups and downs, and he's sprinkled it with nostalgic anecdotes and interviews from longtime employees." --David Newell, "Mr. McFeely" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

"A regional tradition becomes America's favorite ice cream treat. A must-read book for all ice cream lovers." --Ed Marks, founder of Ice Screamers

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Overview

"A sweet reading treat." --Helen Frangoulis, Playboy

"Brian Butko has written the definitive story of Isaly's with all its ups and downs, and he's sprinkled it with nostalgic anecdotes and interviews from longtime employees." --David Newell, "Mr. McFeely" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

"A regional tradition becomes America's favorite ice cream treat. A must-read book for all ice cream lovers." --Ed Marks, founder of Ice Screamers

The Klondike bar is America's favorite ice cream novelty. This book traces its history and the rise and fall of its creator company, Isaly's Dairy, which evolved from one milk wagon to a dozen plants that supplied its 400 delis and dairies by the 1950s. The family company thrived on sound business practices and good customer relations and was known for its famous chipped ham and ice cream novelties-the Skyscraper cone and the Klondike. The author shows how changing consumer habits weakened the family enterprise but led them to take the Klondike national. Filled with photos and vintage ads.

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Ninety-nine years ago, with one clippety-cloppity milk wagon and a hefty helping of Swiss resolve, the Isaly family launched their Ohio-based dairy business. By 1931, this ice cream dynasty had set up shop in Pittsburgh, where they quickly became renowned for their innovative food novelties, especially the still-flourishing Klondike Bar. Many will also remember those towering Skyscraper ice cream cones and Isaly's Original Chipped Chopped Ham, "always fresh, often imitated, never equaled." Written by regional history buff Brian Butko, this delightful, nostalgic history brings back all the excitement of after-school treats.
Playboy
"A sweet reading treat."
— Helen Frangoulis
Playboy - Helen Frangoulis
"A sweet reading treat."
David Newell
"Brian Butko has written the definitive story of Isaly's with all its ups and downs, and he's sprinkled it with nostalgic anecdotes and interviews from longtime employees."
Ed Marks
"A regional tradition becomes America's favorite ice cream treat. A must-read book for all ice cream lovers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811728447
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 303,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Butko lives in the Pittsburgh metro area and is the nation's leading authority on the Lincoln Highway. He is a founding director of the new Lincoln Highway Association.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2001

    A must read!

    Brian Butko is a brilliant writer whose love of a subject comes alive in his books. I have never read a book that more comprehensively and eloquently relates the ethos of a region and its people. This book is a great read for anyone who is interested in the history and culture of these wonderful eateries. It also provides an incredibly insightful glimpse into the world of small business management. I grew up on Isaly's products, and this fascinating book takes me back to my youth.

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