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Steffen’s ice cream was sold in Wichita, Kansas. Nicholas Steffen established Steffen Bakery and Restaurant in 1882, the same year he arrived in Wichita. He partnered with W.H. Bretch to form the Steffen-Bretch Ice and Ice Cream Company in 1899. Steffen’s was purchased by Hiland Dairy in 1991, though the labels stayed combined until 1993 because the community was so loyal to Steffen’s brand. Community members not only knew their milkmen, but the close relationships with the people delivering their milk led to a loyalty to the dairies it came from. Hiland Dairy operates out of the Steffen’s milk processing plant to this day, producing upwards of 1,350,000 gallons of milk every month.
The character on the button is a puppet named Sparkie, from the children's radio show Big Jon and Sparkie. The radio show ran from 1950-1958 and centered around Sparkie, an "elf from the land of make-believe" who acts just like a real boy.
“Big John and Sparky (Big Jon and Sparkie): No School Today | Old Time Radio.” Www.otrcat.com, www.otrcat.com/p/big-john-and-sparky.
“Nicholas Steffen - Kansapedia - Kansas Historical Society.” Www.kshs.org, www.kshs.org/kansapedia/nicholas-steffen/17831. Accessed 15 Sept. 2023.
“Steffen Dairy.” Freepages.rootsweb.com, freepages.rootsweb.com/~ksdecoursey/genealogy/cream/steffen.html. Accessed 15 Sept. 2023.