There is still local delivery from some of the smaller dairies here in
the states. I know of Oberweis in Northern Illinois. And Royal Crest
here in Colorado. Oberweis still uses glass bottles both for their
door-to-door and in store product. Royal Crest now uses plastic.
Angie Dickinson Mickle
Marie O'Connell wrote:
> Back in NZ, just 4.6 years ago, I was still able to get milk in glass
> bottles. You left your clean empty ones at the gate, with plastic tokens
> (purchased from the Milkman) and he would arrive in the mooing truck and
> leave you whatever kind off milk you wished. This was eatablisned by the
> colour of the token. He/she would then put the milk in a shaded area.
> Ofcourse, the empty bottles were cleaned and sterilized before being
> You could also get juices. This practise remain today. We kiwis call it
> 'recycling', something that the Governor in LA has asked the assistance of
> from NZ.
> It is cheaper to recycle than either destroy or try to throw away and fill
> up landfills with things that take many years to decompose.
> On 5/26/07, Steven C. Barr(x) <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
>> > >> Is it a box used to store milk bottles (?). And how big are them?
>> Of course, our audience will now be asking themseleves, Wikipedia, or
>> unknown digital/other contacts...
>> "What are, or were, "milk bottles?!"
>> Herein lies a history...
>> Prior to the previous "turn of a century" or so, milk was usually
>> delivered in the containers in which it had been collected (or the
>> cow was led from door to door)! Keeping things cold was difficult
>> (thus the "Lake Simcoe Ice Company," which sawed blocks of its
>> product from the winter's coverage...).
>> However, it quickly became apparent that milk could not only turn
>> sour (which then led to cheese factories)...but could also harbour
>> deadly diseases (which then led to "Pastuerization...!). Once the
>> germs in milk had been sent to see Jesus, there had to be a clean
>> and easily sanitized container therefor. Since one of the "boom
>> insustries" of the new industrial age was glass containers and
>> closures therefor...which could be washed in near-boiling water
>> and thus sanitized...milk began to be sold, and delivered to one's
>> door, in "milk bottles!" In fact, many early 20th-century houses
>> had small compartments next to their back doors, into which "the
>> milkman" could place the morning order, and from which the house-
>> holder could retrieve, using an inside door, the same...!
>> In the early forties, a waxed-cardboard container was introduced for
>> the distribution of milk. Then, in the mid-to-late seventies, it became
>> possible to package milk in a set of three plastic bags, contained in
>> a single larger bag (there was a momentary delay while it was established
>> that milk in transparent plastic containers, kept under exposure to
>> fluourescent lighting, developed an "off taste!")!
>> Since then, milk (AFAIK) has only been availble in waxed-cardboard
>> containers or plastic bags. There MAY, somewhere in Radio-Land, still
>> exist an intentionally-anachronistic dairy operation which purveys
>> milk in glass bottles...however, if so, I wot not thereof!
>> Steven C. Barr