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When Nineteen Lighthouses Got Ice Cream for the First Time


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Editor’s Note: Because of the historical significance of this this original ACME press photo that just came into our possession, we decided to publish it now, rather than hold it until the end-of-the-year holiday edition.

Edward Rowe Snow, the Flying Santa to the Lighthouses, is shown here on December 18, 1945 as he prepares to depart Logan Airfield in Boston on a 412-mile air journey to drop Christmas presents to nineteen far-flung lighthouses.

On this trip, included with his packages of gifts, were specially wrapped quarts of ice cream that would stay frozen for up to seven hours. This would have been a real treat to the lighthouse families who did not have freezers, and in some cases, did not even have electricity.

Snow estimated that by the time he would finish his Christmas flights on December 24 of that year, he would have covered 2,460 miles.

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