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Ice Cream Tricycle Restoration

July 8th, 2009 · 14 Comments

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Worksman Ice Cream Tricycle

In the 1930s the Good Humor ice cream company saw the need to be able to sell ice cream where people spent their time in the good weather—outdoors. Their solution was to send out a fleet of ice cream vending tricycles. They went directly to Schwinn and asked them if they were interested in designing something for them. Schwinn turned them down, but not before directing them to Worksman, a small bicycle manufacturer in New York that was already producing something like that. Worksman was busy producing Good Humor ice cream vending trikes for 40 years. They still manufacture all sorts of recreation and vending bicycles today.

This 1950s ice cream tricycle is one that we restored. As you can see by the old paint, there was a generic brand of ice cream painted on it originally. All of the trike’s components are the original pieces. Everything was stripped, repaired and repainted. The restoration was completed with a custom paint job and new wide whitewall tires.

Vintage Ice Cream Trike

Worksman Unrestored Ice Cream Bike

Disassembling Ice Cream Vendor

Pre-restoration Bike Components

Undercarriage Worksman Tricycle

Ice Cream Vending Bike

Tricycle Ice Cream Pinstriping

Handpainted Pinstriping

Produced: 1950s
Dimensions: 100″L x 25″W x 40″H

Manufactured by:
Worksman Cycles
Queens, New York

Tags: Ice Cream Dispensers · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Unique & Unusual

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark Novota // Jul 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Great Childhood memories… are you selling your restored items and if so what is your asking price on the good humor biccycle?

  • 2 vintagevending // Jul 28, 2009 at 11:35 am


    At this time we are not selling our restored items. In fact, we no longer own the Good Humor Bicycle, it has gone to a great home.

  • 3 tomc // Mar 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    im currently restoring a trike similar to yours. any idea how much their worth or were to go to find out?

  • 4 Thomas // Mar 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Hey man I just came into posession of almost exactly one of these carts and was wondering if you possibly had any information on them? feel free to e-mail me TJ31324@yahoo.com

  • 5 vintagevending // Mar 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Tom,

    We sold this awhile ago, so we don’t know the current value for it. You can try ebay or Craig’s List, sometimes items like this pop up.

  • 6 John Wernick // Sep 4, 2010 at 7:41 am

    What a blast from the past! This is IDENTICAL to the one I drove in Dixon, Illinois back in 1963. My boss was the daughter of the owner of Coss Dairy and ran a “fleet” of around 12 wagons. I sold the frozen treats for 10-cents, of which I got 2-cents for commission. Once-in-a-while, I did better by selling chunks of the dry ice to my neighborhood buddies! Parts of Dixon are rather hilly, in which case the young vendor would be allowed to drive the “Cadillac”, which was one of their three-speeds! Thanks for keeping these memories alive!
    John Wernick, Port Byron, Illinois

  • 7 Osaib Ahmed // Dec 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I would like to get quote for some good design Tricycles for my food company in kuwait.

  • 8 Donna // Mar 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Does anyone know of any of these available in the Indianapolis area? We are a nonprofit and are having an event in May and could really use one of these for ice cream. It would be well taken care of. Please let me know if you know of anyone that would be willing to loan or rent at a reasonable price. Thanks! Donna

  • 9 J>H.HAMMOCK // Apr 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I have a worksman tricycle ,one wheel in front two inback. Double chain in back. I know nothing about it, except that it is very old and needs a good home. Contact me in orange beach al. ,by e_mail

  • 10 jomo Wahtuse // Dec 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    We would like to purchase a sample of your ice cream tricycle to try out with our exercise unit which is basically the combination of tricycle and real mower. If successful we shall be soon putting our unit on the market and will be ordering large quantities of your tricycles.
    Looking forward to an early reply
    jomo Wahtuse, Manager ,
    Wahtuse Interprise Trinidad. WestIndies

  • 11 vintagevending // Dec 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

    This website is designed for discussion only. We do not buy, sell or restore machines. You are welcome to make a request here and perhaps someone will see it and be able to help you.

  • 12 Marty // Oct 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I have a vintage ice cream cart to sell. (cart only not the bike) I beieve it is from the 1930’s or 40’s and would be a great restoration project. If interested contact me and I will send photos. murphymarty33@aol.com

  • 13 Jim Bogner // Feb 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I have an old Good Humor Cart that I am working to restore and have just started the project. I’m wondering if you can tell me where you got the bells and did you restore the lights on the top front? If so, where in the world did you find the lenses for them and were they hooked up to a battery or what powered them? Thank you for posting what you have. It is great to have the pictures as a reference. Very helpful!

  • 14 vintagevending // Feb 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Jim, We haven’t been in the restoration business for quite a while now, and the people that did our restorations are no longer with us. Your best bet for acquiring the bells would probably be Ebay or to talk to other collectors. Maybe one of our readers would be able to help? Best of luck with your restoration—we love to hear about people that are bringing vintage items back to life!

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