I’d like to know the origin and precursor or derivative variants of the phrase “let’s blow this popsicle stand”. Reliable, conclusive, source-supported, authoritative and consistent information about that phrase would be valuable to me, although information that satisfies all those criteria in one go is not required.
The usual suspects yielded the usual unreliable, inconclusive, conflicting and uninformative dreck. For an example of the dreck, the notion that the popsicle was invented in 1924, a claim repeated at a number of the sources I checked, can easily be disproved.
I checked Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary, The Dictionary of American Slang (2007) as reproduced at dictionary.com, Answers, the Straight Dope discussion forum, an ELL posting, an archived reddit Etymology post, and a Quora posting, as well as background sources (the OED, other dictionaries).
In hardcopy, I checked NTC’s Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions (1989), by Richard A. Spears; The Pocket Dictionary of American Slang (1960), compiled by Harold Wentworth and Stuart Berg Flexner; The Random House Thesaurus of Slang (1988), by Esther Lewin and Albert E. Lewin. The last-mentioned work bore some fruit, in that ‘pop’ was listed as a synonym of ‘popsicle’, with no further explanation.
Many thanks to anybody who will complete or advance this research for me.