It's hard to imagine when it was invented on this day 109 years ago that the ice cream cone would become the trusted weapon of choice for politicians.

When whipped into a frenzy of vote hunting it seems the political elite mysteriously turn to the trusted crunchy cone to provide them with that down-to-earth, 'yeah, I'm a normal guy who eats ice cream too' picture.

So in honour of Italo Marcione who, on 13 December 1903, transformed political electioneering forever by patenting the ice cream cone in New York, here's some textbook examples of when the cone has been expertly used for political gain.

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  • Prime Minister Tony Blair with two ice cream '99's for himself and Chancellor Gordon Brown during a visit to the strand park.

  • President Barack Obama takes a bite of an ice cream cone at the Old Faithful General Store in Yellowstone National Park

  • Barack Obama eats an ice cream cone during a stop at the Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitors Center, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007

  • Barack Obama eats a butter pecan ice cream cone at the Windmill Ice Cream Shop in Aliquippa

  • Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has an ice cream as he takes a walk along Blackpool's North Pier when he visited the town while on the General Election campaign trail.

  • Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams enjoys an ice cream cone outside St George's Market in Belfast, while campaigning for South Belfast candidate Alex Maskey.

  • President Bush, right, holds an ice cream cone as he accompanies Rep. Don Sherwood, R-Pa., during an unscheduled stop at Manning's Ice Cream in Clark's Summit

  • President Bill Clinton shows off an ice cream cone he had at Leon's Frozen Custard stand on Milwaukee's South Side, April 18, 1994

  • ice President Joe Biden and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, in the background at left, stop for an ice cream cone at a Dairy Queen

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney licks an ice cream cone from Bailey's Bubble in Wolfeboro

  • President Barack Obama eats a soft serve ice cream cone during a visit to DeWitt Dairy Treats in DeWitt, Iowa.

  • President Barack Obama eats a coconut ice cream cone as he visits Mount Desert Island Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine

  • Conservative Party leader David Cameron enjoys an ice cream in Torquay, Devon, as he campaigns ahead of polling day on May 6.

  • Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has an ice cream as he takes a walk along Blackpool's North Pier when he visited the town while on the General Election campaign trail.

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair hands Gordon Brown a '99' ice cream during a visit to a park

  • Liberal Democrats leader Charles Kennedy with wife Sarah

  • Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats with some of the party's prospective parliamentary candidates on the seafront at Brighton during their annual conference

  • President Barack Obama eats mint chocolate chip ice cream at Deb's Ice Cream & Deli in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Foreign Secretary David Miliband buys an ice cream for charity from the ice-cream van which trailed Eddie Izzard as he completed 43 marathons in 51 days