“American Enterprise” (Sign on Main St. in Sharon Spg.s, NY)

This is another image from our trip to Upstate New York during the Thanksgiving Holiday  a few weeks back.

This sign was sitting out in front of a gift and collectibles shop on the main st.  I don’t believe it was there to encourage folks to come inside and buy ice cream (they didn’t have any) I think it was there for ambiance or maybe it was for sale–lots of people collect old signs.

The sign probably dates from when I was a kid–8 or 9 years old–standing at the curb in front of my house with my brother and sister clutching my nickel–sometimes a dime–and waiting for the ice cream truck to come. That would have been over 50 years ago.

I remember a box-like truck with refrigerator doors on the enclosed back of the vehicle and the name “Mr. Kelly’s Ice Cream” painted across the side.  Along with six or eight other kids from my street I’d stand in a little line to purchase my five cent popsicle. Once in a great while I’d have a dime so I could buy an Eskimo Pie–a bar of vanilla ice cream on  a stick covered in a chocolate shell. That was a big deal to a little kid growing up in the early 50s in Upstate New York.

Once in a while I didn’t have any money–my mom might not have any change to give my siblings and myself. We weren’t exactly poor but we weren’t far from it. On those occasions it was still a treat to stand close to the truck so when the little refrigerator doors were opened on a hot summer afternoon you could inhale the frozen vapors that would roll out into the  warm air.  As with so many other situations in life–sometimes you have to take what you can get and content yourself with that.

Sharon Springs is a cool, interesting little town. The information that follows is from a Wikipedia article. The link to that article is at the end of this piece if you want to read it.

“Sharon Springs is a village in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 547 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Sharon Springs sits in the northwest part of the Town of Sharon, New York, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Albany, the state capital. Surrounded by rolling hills and nestled in a winding valley, the tidy village is near some of New York State’s most popular attractions. Howe Caverns is 15 miles (24 km) to the south while The Mohawk River and Erie Canal are only 10 miles (16 km) to the north. The Adirondack Park is further north, about an hour away. Cooperstown, New York, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Farmer’s Museum and The Fenimore Art Museum, is 30 miles (48 km) to the west and the Catskill Park is 50 miles (80 km) to the south.

Sharon Springs, recognized by both the National Register of Historic Places as well as New York State’s Register of Historic Places as a historic spa village, boasts some attractions of her own. Many of its historic spa-related structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 as the Sharon Springs Historic District.[1] In addition to the collection of fully and partially restored 19th century structures which can be enjoyed year-round, Sharon Springs also plays host to these seasonal events: the annual Father’s Day Tractor & Antique Power Show in June (since 1992); the Summer Concerts Series, every Wednesday night in July and August (since 1994); the annual Harvest Festival in September (since 2009); and the Garden Party festival in May (since 2010).” (End Wikipedia excerpt)


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