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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I'd love the yellow, local Sanitary Dairy one, if the baby weren't cut in half.... LOL. I don't think the designers thought of how odd that looks.
    But, it is from my town's Sanitary Dairy, which combined with another dairy in '64.
    The yellow one was, when I got it, thoroughly spotted with black mold, but I cleaned it up and know it's from Muskegon based on the phone-number.

    The Battle Dairy from Essexville is interesting in that it is over 150 miles from Battle Creek, Michigan-- I'd love to know the story behind its name.

    Model Dairy is-- I was told-- a Grand Rapids dairy that rarely put a city name up on their items, but I know we here in Muskegon had a large Quality Dairy, a name that the label says bottled Model's milk. Perhaps they're connected, perhaps not.

    Fruitland Star is an unknown to me, touted as from G.R. (Grand Rapids) or my town whenever one comes up. Tuberculin Tested is what sets it apart, but it is not a rare cap.

    The Emmon's is an overly-seen cap around here. This one, behind the flap, has a place for your straw as it actually covered an "Orange Drink."
    With just a 3-digit phone-number, I assume it is pre-1950.

    The cow-themed one was in 4 pieces. I used acid-free rubber cement and a backing of tissue paper to hold it back together. As I fitted the pieces together with glue, it is fairly stable-- but don't squeeze it too much!

    The bottle-themed piece is also an unknown to me.

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    1. Caperkid, 7 years ago
      I've heard of Sanitary Dairy did the make products in eastern Canada ?
    2. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      It's a common name for Dairies. Most towns would have had a few different dairies-- we had dozens-- so there' bound to be a number of the safe-sounding Sanitary Dairy companies.
    3. NevadaBlades, 7 years ago
      In Japan, when I was just a little tyke, we had milk in glass bottles delivered to our house. MORINAGA and MEIJI were the two largest companies (they also made caramel candy). In San Jose, CA, until about 1960, I think, we had bottled milk delivered to our front porch. Then they stopped and everyone had to go to the grocery store and buy milk in cartons. Who would have thought back then to save bottle caps because 50, 60 years later they'd be collectible items worth some money?!? ; )
    4. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      I just got this now but see that it's two days old. My apologies:

      It is amusing that currently I am working on repairing one. Most of them are worth only a quarter, though. They just are needed to complete a milk. Some can be quite hard to find and go for bigger bucks (bucks, not quarters! LOL.)

      I found in a trailer a milk bottle. It had a date-code of 1992 on it. It is the newest glass milk bottle I've seen in person that was meant to be used for milk.

      The 1970s saw America become a buy-everything-at-store nation, as cheap, large-scale refrigeration units became common and most people had a fridge to store large quantities of milk.
    5. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      But if you like milks, I have several more than these:
    6. NevadaBlades, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the link to your previous post. Enjoyed the bottles.

      I find it pretty amazing now, during all the years back then when we had bottled milk delivered to our front porch, none was ever stolen. Not sure about today.
    7. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      We have food delivered to us (mail-order, basically.) We finally got them to just leave it on the porch. Nothing's been stolen-- UPS delivers and abandons packages all the time there (which I find to be incredibly dumb. I'd rather be called that I have a package to pick up rather than risk losing it to thieve or weather.)
    8. NevadaBlades, 7 years ago
      Right. Some years ago, when we were living here in Vegas the first time, I mail-ordered over $100 worth of B & W photo darkroom supplies from a company in L.A. that I never got but which UPS claimed was delivered. And about a year after my wife and I got married, in the mid '70's, her brother from Japan came to visit us. I took him out to a high school tennis courts where we played tennis for about 2 hours and then took a little break to drink some water from the fountains that were a short walk from the courts. I gathered all my gear into my tennis bag and advised him to do the same. He said, in effect, "Aw, no one's going to steal my old tennis racket," and left all his gear there as we went to get a drink of water, me lugging all my gear the 3-minute walk to the fountains. Less than 10 minutes later, when we returned to our tennis court, all of his gear was gone, tennis bag, racket, 3 cans of new balls, and his college alma mater tennis sweater. He was crushed, not mad, just in total disbelief, and I was embarrassed and ashamed to be an American.
    9. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      Yeah, I never leave my stuff out of eye-sight.

      I once stored my bike in the woods, before I got a new lock (the other wore out.)

      I came back over the hill after I was done walking around, and I watched a man looking at it.

      I waited to come running after him till he picked it up.

      Gotta love people.
    10. NevadaBlades, 7 years ago
      My older brother had his bike stolen at school on a Saturday when he was in jr hi. Found the bike the next day at the same spot and came home with it. The following Saturday, he leaves the bike at the same spot and gets it stolen again!!! Probably by the same thief. Didn't get lucky the second time, though. Never saw the bike again. The thief was a wee bit smarter than my brother.
    11. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      My mom also lost her bike when she was younger.
      I think he needed a good bike-lock.
    12. NevadaBlades, 7 years ago
      My elder son chain-locked his bike to a tall steel pole once in downtown Vegas. Came back a couple of hours later after the movie, and the bike was gone. I guess where there's a will, there's a way.
    13. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      It's a reason why I got my bike a very thick, cut-resistant braided and coated steel cable half an inch thick (basically, like suspension bridge cables). And I usually hide my bike in the trees or very close to a store.

      Due to an accident, it is unrideable now. And my mom's bike fell apart on me. LOL.

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