The story behind Howard Johnson’s, a New England icon ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Sammarco Collection, UMass It all started with the Howard Johnson's ice cream stand on Wollaston Beach in Quincy. Tom Landers/Globe staff/file The Howard Johnson's on Old Colony Parkway in the 1930s. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/file Jim Lavoie and Michael Hashem worked to install and check neon lights on this 1961 sign for a Howard Johnson's restaurant. NANCY PALMIERI The exterior of the Howard Johnson's restaurant on the Mohawk Trail. Sammarco Collection, UMass A server scooped one of the famous 28 flavors of ice cream. Sammarco Collection, UMass Newlyweds Howard and Marjorie Johnson. Sammarco Collection, UMass The restaurant in Canton shown in 1949.