Maybe it's a Canuck thing..milk at the supermarkets is sold in cartons (not
quite pint and quart) and large plastic bags, where you get 3 smaller bags in a
larger one. Don't ask me why. I don't even drink the stuff!
Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
> Actually most milk nowadays is sold in plastic bottles.I have never seen bags,unless it's bag-in-a-box soy milk.In most stores,the plastic bottles outnumber cartons 2-3 to 1.I can see them being phased out eventually.If you go into hoity-toity health food stores,you see a lot of milk in glass bottles,with painted labels.None of which are deposit bottles.The last dairy around here that stopped servicing deposit glass bottles to supermarkets stopped doing so about 1988.
> "Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Lennick"
>>>> 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
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