In an email exchange last week, our Nova Scotia friend Lynn managed to remind me of a long-forgotten and arcane piece of our childhoods, and perhaps yours too: Popsicle Pete.
Do you remember Popsicle Pete? I have to say my recollections are a little fuzzy on that front, but as I recall he was a comic-strip character used to urge us to buy more Popsicles. Was the general idea to collect lots of Popsicle wrappers and send them in for great prizes and gifts? I think maybe. Did anyone ever do that? Not me, that’s for sure.
Does anyone remember where those comics actually appeared? Did they come with the Popsicle, the way Bazooka Joe (another weird cartoon character from my youth) comics came with packs of Bazooka gum? Somehow I think a comic strip packaged with a Popsicle would make for a soggy mess. Did they appear in comic books? But we didn’t really buy those in my family, so how would I have known about Popsicle Pete? (Or Popsicle, as Lynn and I have taken to calling him.)
Your Popsicle Pete information would be most welcome. But meantime, I have to say that this train of thought has brought back delightful memories of the simple joy of walking down to Bobbie’s or McMurray’s general stores in Queensborough on a hot summer day and buying (for 5¢, wasn’t it?) a Popsicle. Orange or grape – or if you were really lucky, they’d have some chocolate Popsicles; those were the best.
And if you were incredibly unlucky, all that would be left would be the banana-flavoured ones. Yuck!