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Throwback Thursday Photo, Ice Cream

Nelson family enjoying ice cream, ca. 1910 [RG3542.PH000012-000007]

Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph is a sweet treat. The Nelson family of Ericson, Nebraska enjoy dishes of ice cream in about 1910. This photograph is part of the John Nelson Collection.

John Nelson was born in Harestad, Sweden, in 1864. He came to Wheeler County with his parents at the age of seventeen. From there he traveled to the gold fields of Colorado, where he became acquainted with photography. He returned to Nebraska and established a studio in Ericson. His photographs tell the story of small town life in Nebraska during the first decades of the Twentieth Century. His subjects included his local businesses, community activities, and early automobiles. These are just a few examples of his insight into the heart of rural Nebraska.

Seated around the table are Mildred, Alice, Eda, Bengta, John (the photographer), Elna (Nelson) Blake holding Frances, Effie (Seaman) Nelson holding Henrietta (born 1908). Standing behind the table are Peter Nelson, Cliff Blake, Andrew Nelson and Hannah Nelson. According to John’s notes, this family gathering took place at his sister Hannah’s home.

The entire John Nelson Collection has been digitized and is available in the NSHS Artifact and Photograph Online Database.

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