Engine-cranked ice cream a hit at antique engine shows
Below: Larry Flickinger, adding an essential component to the ice cream freezer.
Above: Sandra Flickinger and family friend Jim Gehringer, Leland, Ill., who restored her salesman’s sample ice cream freezer.Left: Larry and Sandra Flickinger’s vintage ice cream freezer, belted to an intermediate gear devised by Larry. Using what he calls “eighth grade math,” Larry computed the reduction for his ice cream operation. “I just like math,” he says modestly, “but I’m not a machinist.”
Right: Ice cream scoops and a salesman’s sample ice cream freezer from the Flickinger collection. “In the old days, scoops were called ‘dippers,’” Sandra says.
Left: The real McCoy: a De Laval cream separator on permanent display at the Old Threshers show. Decades ago, cream separators were used to separate cream from milk.Lower left: A model beautiful enough to make you forget about ice cream: This scale model cream separator was handcrafted by the late Edward Berry about 15 years ago. Displayed at last summer’s Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant by his son, David Berry, Clarence, Iowa, the piece is a legitimate work of art. “When my dad retired, he started building models,” David says. “This was a pretty early piece in his hobby. He just looked at a picture in the Sears catalog as a guide.”Right: Larry Flickinger’s P&O gas engine.