Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Arden Ice Cream
I do love it when there are signs in the backgrounds of photographs.
Take a look to the left and see an advertising sign for Arden Ice Cream. Arden Dairies started operations in 1904, in El Monte California, now a suburb of Los Angeles. It soon became one of the largest milk producers in the state. In 1930, Arden merged with California Dairies, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Dairy Products of Seattle Washington.
I couldn't find any evidence that Arden is still in business, but I was able to find a reference to Arden from 1955 (Judging by the clothes, about the time this photo was taken.) They were being sued by Balian Dairies for lowering their ice cream prices below production costs, in Los Angeles County, so that it wouldn't be possible for other ice cream makers to survive. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an outcome.