Randy Welborn Studio

The Carnation Ice Cream Shop
circa 1953

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The Carnation Ice Cream Restaurant opened in Beaumont in 1948, located at the corner of 11th and Broadway (now the home of Beaumont Foot Specialists). The Carnation was an especially popular spot on Sunday evenings for more than twenty years.

This particular scene celebrates the fourth of July, 1953. The girl at the counter is feeding her boyfriend some "famous" banana split... and it only costs 35 cents!

We all have our special memories of the "old malt shop" and it was a great spot for that first date! Being on 11th Street, you could cruise from here to the College Street traffic circle in only a few minutes.

Notes from the artist:

Malts, Sundaes, and my favorite, the famous Carnation Ice Cream Shop banana split.  When doing the research for this nostalgic painting, the seventh in the "Moments to Remember" series, I heard about everybody's favorite malt shop meal or desert treat.

I wanted to also display the classic 40s-50s design of the glass blocks, tile, and neon signs.  The cub scout is distracted by the 4th of July fireworks and is spilling his ice cream, and my '41 Cadillac has a flat! That happened a lot.

Description by the Artist

Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.

The original painting is 35x28" on masonite panel, completed in 1990.

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