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Bassetts History Timeline

1861 — Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, begins making ice cream in his Salem, NJ backyard using a mule-turned churn.

1885 — L.D. begins selling his ice cream from a location at 5th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.

1892 — The Reading Terminal Market opens; Bassetts Ice Cream opens a retail store and moves production into the basement.

1906 — Lewis Lafayette continues operations after the death of his father.

1917 — L.L. dies; his wife, Louise Austin Bassett, assumes management until her son is ready to take over.

1925 — Lewis Lafayette, Jr., the third generation, takes over management of the ice cream store and production at the age of 21.

1935 — L.L., Jr. ships 10 quarts of ice cream, packed in dry ice, via freighter from New York through the Panama Canal to the American Embassy in Tokyo. The voyage takes several weeks but the ice cream arrives in perfect condition.

1959 — L.L., Jr. produces 50 tubs of borscht ice cream for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

1961 — Bassetts celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

1973 — Production moves to 20th & Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia.

1973 — Ann Bassett, great granddaughter of the founder and daughter of L.L., Jr., joins the company.

1975 — Bassetts begins the largest expansion in the company’s 114-year history.

1976 — Ann Bassett is named President after L.L., Jr. retires after 51 years.

1983 — Michael Strange, great-great grandson of the founder, enters the family business.

1986 — L.L., Jr. dies at the age of 82.

1989 — Michael is named President; Ann is CEO.

1996 — Bassetts introduces the Bassetts Ice Cream Sandwich.

2000 — Bassetts introduces website.

2006 – Bassetts introduces Gadzooks! ice cream, a flavor developed by WMMR’s Preston and Steve.

2008 – Bassetts Ice Cream is served in China!

2009 – Bassetts unveils Gadzooks Blanc, a second Preston and Steve flavor.

2010 – Bassetts introduces six (6) new flavors—Guatemalan Ripple (a third flavor from Preston and Steve), Matcha, Macadamia Nut, Mango, Peanut Butter Cup and Pomegranate Blueberry Chunk—AND serves ice cream to President Obama at the Bassetts counter in the Reading Terminal Market!

2011 – Bassetts Ice Cream celebrates 150 years!

2011 – Bassetts presents the Bassetts Belgian Chocolate Dipped Super Premium Ice Cream Bar.

2012 – Bassetts introduces the Belgian Chocolate Dipped Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream Bar.

2012 - China partner James Sun opens three new Bassetts locations in China!

2013 - Bassetts announces two new products--Ice Cream Truffles and Ice Cream Cakes.

Lewis Dubois
Lewis Dubois
1861-1906
 
Lewis Lafayette
Lewis Lafayette
1906-1917
 
Louise Austin
Louise Austin
1917-1925
 
Lewis Lafayette Jr.
Lewis Lafayette, Jr.
1925-1976
 
Ann Bassett
Ann Bassett
1973-1995
 
Michael Strange
Michael Strange
1983-Present


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