Steffen's Dairy Group (4 Pieces) [172540]

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Steffen's Dairy Group (4 Pieces)    [172540]
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This item SOLD at 2023 Nov 26 @ 08:29UTC-8 : PST/AKDT
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Lot of 4 pieces from Steffen's Dairy 1) white wood box w/company logo, 11 x 14 x 13. 2) tin box w/company logo, 12 x 14 x 12. 3) 5 gallon milk tin, embossed. 4) tin milk pitcher, approx 1 gallon, 10" h x 6.5" dia. Nicholas Steffen established Steffen's Bakery and Restaurant in Wichita in 1882 and served ice cream he made from a special German recipe. The frozen dessert proved so popular that by the turn of the century the business was producing 20,000 gallons of ice cream a year for a customer base that expanded far beyond Wichita and included Arkansas City, the location printed on the milk tin in this lot. Steffen is credited as being the first commercial shipper of ice cream in the U.S. and developed ice cream cartons with wire handles so that customers could carry their desserts home. The ice cream business continued to grow using a horse-drawn wagon to make deliveries to residential customers and building the wholesale operations. In 1899, Nicholas Steffen entered a partnership with W.H. Bretch to form the Steffen-Bretch Ice and Ice Cream Company. By 1904 there were Steffenís Ice Cream stores across Kansas with branches in neighboring states. Steffen retired from the company in 1905, but the name Steffen's continued to be used for the successful Dairy business until 1985 when the company changed hands and was eventually taken over by Hiland Dairy, which is still operating today. (Ref: Kansas Historical Society)