Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sweet Deliveries

Hammond's Candy Company is a longstanding Denver institution. Founded in 1920 by Carl Hammond, Sr., the company makes a wide variety of candy canes, lollipops, and other sweet treats, all by hand in their Denver factory. They have also been featured on the television program, Unwrapped on the FoodTV network.

I have visited them before, but earlier this month, I took my wife, my daughter-in-law, and my granddaughter to the annual Hammond's Christmas Candy Cane Festival. It is a good event for children and families, as there are activities for them, live reindeer, Santa, and of course, lots of candy canes and lollipops!

One thing that always catches my attention at the Hammond's factory is their old delivery truck, which is seemingly always parked out front. It is a bit of Hammond's history. I don't know the details behind it, but it was manufactured by International Harvester. I would guess from the look of it, that it is a late 1940s to mid 1950s model. Hopefully, it won't just be left to rust in the elements, but perhaps eventually be restored to its original condition. You just don't see many of these still around anymore.

The IH logo of International Harvester has another place in my childhood memories. They used to manufacture a variety of products, from farm implements, to trucks, and even household appliances. When I was a child, we had an International Harvester refrigerator that bore the IH brand. This was before the days of "frost-free". I can still recall my mother defrosting the freezer section of that refrigerator. How times have changed.

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