Today's picture is from 1910, and it shows an Ice Cream Parlor. It is reminiscent of the old drug stores I can remember from my childhood. The drug stores had an ice cream bar where they served up all types of delicious treats like milk shakes, ice cream, banana splits and floats.
I guess there are still places like Baskin Robins around today, but to me the prices are insane, and would be a barrier to me taking my family out for ice cream. A single scoop of ice cream now days would be $2.50, so something like a banana split would be $10. For a family of 3 to go out for a banana split, it would be $30. That is not pocket change. So, yes things were cheaper when I was a child, and yes, people made a lot less, but my perception is that most people could go out for ice cream and it not be a big deal.