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Re: What is a Milk Box ? (was Moving Sound Recording Collections)

From:

David Lennick <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 26 May 2007 23:29:32 -0400

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Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "D P Ingram" <[log in to unmask]>
>> On 26 maj 2007, at 04.47, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
>>
> No, I DIDN'T!!
> scb

No he didn't..which was why I moved Steve's quote up when I responded to it.

"What Is A Milk Box" sounds like a Steve Allen monologue that never made it.

dl

>> For the benefit of those who are not Canadian, what is a "milk box".  
>> Is it a box used to store milk bottles (?). And how big are them?  We  
>> have milk cartons but you'd not get a 78 rpm record in it, well you  
>> might, but you first have to send it via U.S.P.S. in a plain envelope  
>> (or the postal service of your choice) in a plain envelope sans  
>> packaging marked fragile.
>>
>>> that exact same order! I moved about 300 milk boxes full of 78's...
>>> which had been carefully arranged in label/number order, with some
> Okeh...there's the bit that I DID author!
> 
> Anyway, a "milk box" (generally better known as "milk crate"...) is a
> plastic container...these days slightly less than 12" by 12" (or 3.511
> cubic kilopascals/hectare, in metric...) molded in fairly heavy plastic
> and used for the delivery of dairy products on a wholesale basis.
> 
> They are usually imprinted with the name of the original issuing
> dairy...as well, on two to all four sides, strong warnings that use
> by any other than the original dairy is highly illegal! The reason
> the size was reduced to slightly less than 12" x 12" was to make
> them impossible to use by LP album collectors/dealers/users, who
> were purloining them left and right for moving or storing records!
> 
> Nevertheless, they still work just fine for archives of 10" 78's!
> I make a point of NOT stealing them from milk retailers...but should
> I see one "out of place," I consider it "fair game" and it accompanies
> me at home if at all possible! Note that these are also used in the
> US of A, and I have a handful which cite US dairies...! Also note that
> these have been "cut down" in strength and durability in recent years,
> which has reduced their "useful lifespan!" I pick up full milk boxes
> (of 78's...capacity c.125, or 62.5 lbs. of shellac) VERY carefully,
> in case the bottom has "died from overloading!"
> 
> Actually, it was the "downsizing of milk boxes" which led to my
> acquiring most of the ones I now use! I had stopped into a
> convenience store (also a Canadianism...a store which sells things
> like pop, candy bars, overpriced groceries, and smokes, on an 18
> to 24-hour schedule...i.e. a non-franchise version of a "7-11"...)
> for a large bottle of Diet Coke. I forget how the subject had come
> up, but the upshot was that the store owner had his back room full
> of the old red "fiberglas milk boxes" for which he no longer get
> the deposit. Since he need the room, he said I could have the lot
> for the effort of taking them away. At the time, I was a "cable guy"
> and drove a full-size van...so it took me two loads to haul all 
> 200-odd of them to my house! These were the slightly-larger version,
> so would hold 12" 78's (those stuck up past the top of the box)...
> but they were made of fiberglas rather than poly-wotever, and
> thus were effectively indestructible and coundn't be overloaded!
> 
> Thus endeth the story of "the milk box"...
> 
> Steven C. Barr
> 
> 

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