Sunday, October 16, 2011

How beautifully leaves grow old.

How full of light and color are their last days. ~John BurroughsI have found it interesting in my 20 years in the business to watch things change and evolve. For those of you who are not just cyber friends, the shop is going through change also...
I wanted to brighten things up for the next 20 years!

I will not change what I buy though...American made as much as possible in the decorative items...and antique/vintage or things recycled with those characteristics. Lately, it seems that so many are stepping away from "antique store" labels because it is not "in." Well, then someone better tell the cable networks...from Picker Sisters to American Pickers...Pawn Stars to Storage Wars...Cash in the Attic to Auction Hunters...they all celebrate the world of antiques & vintage.

Everyone is bemoaning the weak economy, but manufacturing was the focus of the middle class...and with no manufacturing, it is only logical that the middle class fades into extinction. Not to mention our massive throw it out society.

Take these milk bottles, for example.
My latest auction stash...two carriers of them!

The New York Dairy Company is credited with having the first factory that produced milk bottles, and the first patent for a milk container is held listed as the Lester Milk Jar on January 29, 1878 - US patent number 199837, filed on September 22, 1877.

This photo shows some of better bottles.Lewis P. Whiteman holds the first patent for a glass milk bottle with a small glass lid and a tin clip (US patent number 225,900, granted March 23, 1880, filed on January 31, 1880). The next earliest patent is for a milk bottle with a dome type tin cap and was granted September 23, 1884 to Whitemen's brother, Abram V. Whiteman (US patent number 305,554, filed on January 31, 1880. This bottle has been found with cream line marks and is very valuable. The Whiteman brothers produced milk bottles based on these specifications at the Warren Glass Works Company in Cumberland, Maryland, and sold them through their New York sales office.

The Original Thatcher is one of the most desirable milk bottles for collectors. The patent for the glass dome lid is dated April 27, 1886. There are several variations of this early milk bottle and many reproductions. During this time period, many types of bottles were being used to hold and distribute milk. These include a pop bottle type with a wire clamp, used by the Chicago Sterilized Milk Company, Sweet Clover, and others. Fruit jars were also used, but only the Cohansey Glass Manufacturing plant made them with dairy names embossed on them.

The common sense milk bottle with the first cap seat was developed as an economical means for sealing a reusable milk bottle by the Thatcher Manufacturing Company around 1900. Most bottles produced after this time have a cap seat.

Milk bottles before the 1930s were round. In the 1940s, a square squat bottle become the more popular style. Milk bottles since the 1930s used pyroglaze or ACL (Applied Color Label) to identify the bottles. Before the 1930s, names were embossed on milk bottles using a slug plate. The name was impressed on the slug plate, then the plate was inserted into the mold used to make the bottle - the result was the embossed name on the bottle.

In my auction stash are local bottles like this one from an Atlantic City dairy.

By the 1960s, in the United States, glass bottles had largely been replaced with paper cartons.

And so the end of another group of made in USA companies are gone...the glass manufacturers, the sterilizers-since the bottles were returned, the cap producers, the folks to facilitate all of it is a paper box and into the trash...the end.

Oh, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote..."All things must change...To something new, to something strange."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not only do I remember getting milk in bottles, from a little dairy down the road from our house called the Jersey Jug. But weirdly, I think milk tasted better out of glass.

I like the idea of reusing a bottle instead of throwing away the plastic ones. Plus I'm sick of all this plastic throw away.... I'm just sick of plastic.

Even if you throw it in the "recyclables" how much is actually getting recycled????

Thanks for this post. I am going to find milk in bottles today.