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  • His frozen treat was originally called the Epsicle.

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  • In 1924, Epperson patented his creation, calling it an Epsicle - his children preferred popsicle, and a fresh proprietary eponym entered the American dialect.

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  • "The birth of the Popsicle belongs in legends. As a young man, Frank W. Epperson left a syrupy drink with a stirring stick out on a cold night in California in 1905. By the next morning, it had frozen to the stick. In the early 1920s, he began to recreate his accidental invention. He originally called it the "Epsicle" but his children called it "Pop's Sicle." Convinced that a wider market existed, he collaborated with employees of the Loew Movie Company to form the original Popsicle Company in 1923. This company introduced the product to concessionaires at amusement parks and beaches in April or May of 1923. The Popsicle achieved immediate success, and in one day, one stand at Coney Island sold as many as 8,000 Popsicles."

    The Frozen Sucker War: Good Humor v. Popsicle
    By Jefferson M. Moak

    July 12, 2010