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
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