Historic D.C. Ice Cream: A Cool Trip Down Memory Lane (PHOTOS)

06/21/2012 02:21 pm ET | Updated Jun 21, 2012

WASHINGTON -- With the nation's capital in the middle of an early summer heat wave, one way to cope with hellish temperatures in the upper 90s is to enjoy some delicious ice cream -- though you may have trouble scoring some Good Humor ice cream treats like Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair bars.

More satisfying than air conditioning, more decadent than a swimming pool, ice cream has long been popular among Washingtonians, including those who crave the cold treat at times when "blizzard" takes on a much more literal meaning.

By chowing down on a cone, cup or bowl of your favorite flavor this summer, you are partaking of a time-honored D.C. tradition that everyone from politicians to Senate pages to military servicemembers have enjoyed.

Here, courtesy of the Library of Congress' digital archives, is a look at ice cream in D.C. from days gone by.

Ice Cream in the Capital

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