Sometimes, the lonely duck is a frozen tube of fla-vor.

(October 1964 through 1965)

There are many ways to spell "China," most of them wrong in any language. And yet there was forming a new way, a way that was identical to the original, but with the word "Tay-Ste-Ice" implanted firmly in the middle. It was a radical reformation for a country that had remained unchanged for so long. And now, most likely not coincidentally, the population was booming. Respected Fla-Vor Historian Marjorie Norris offers her persepective:

"The population was exploding, boom! And here it was, this frozen treat, right in the middle. I can tell you, it must have been quite exciting."

...Yet, while Tay-Ste-Ice was doing all it could to fit into the Chinese mainstream, allying itself with the highest ranking Communist officials and frozen treat vendors, something different was happening across the Pacific, where the U.S. branch of Tay-Ste-Ice was publicly as patriotic and American as possible. Historian Edgar Lancard elaborates:

"You see, now, it was, well, hilarious, when you think about it, the hilarity, of this corporation, on the one hand, you know, this very very, well, American corporation, red white and blue and all that, and meanwhile they are, in this other country, very different, you know, very Communist. Hilarious, yes yes."

Many now believe it was only through the complete void in Sino-American relations that Smellison was able to pull off such a feat. Like an older version of a mix of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, had either of the young boys tried to sell frozen treats in China and America at the same time, Smellison was successfully duping both countries, whispering all the right things in the countries' collective hearing orifices.

1: Beginnings - 2: Expansion - 3: Acceptance - 4: More Acceptance - 5: Revolution - 6: Defeat - Order Form/Contents