- Made in USA
- Vintage: 1950’s- 1960’s
- Details: This is a vintage glass milk bottle from the Harrisburg Dairies in PA. It has red and blue pyro (pyroglaze). The red side is their traditional logo, a large “A” and the words “the Quality Diary, locally owned, locally operated”. The blue side shows two children walking, a boy and a girl, holding books and says: They need MILK for Energy”. The bottle has a square bottom which dates it post 1940’s. Royden A. “Roy” Blunt was the president of Buck Glass Company and is credited with designing the first square milk bottles that were successful for a long time, they were called “the square or sometimes as the modern square” by the 1950’s. Previous designs of square bottom bottles did not do well in the market. The idea of the square milk bottle did not really catch on nationwide until the late 1940’s.
- Material: Glass
- Dimensions: 9 inches Tall, 3 inches Wide (bottom)
- Condition: Vintage – Used. Very good condition. There are no chips, cracks or scratches on this bottle, the text is in near perfect condition and the glass is clear. However, there is some wear all around as it would be expected with lots of use by the milkmen as these were returnable/reusable bottles. PLEASE SEE PICTURES. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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Harrisburg Dairies is still in business today. It was originally founded through the establishment of a partnership between Ben Wolfe and Elias Wager in 1931 . In 1946, it was incorporated and an organizational structure was built that is still followed today. It has always remained family owned and operated. Edwin Wagner became Ben Wolfe’s partner when his father, Elias, passed away. Later, when Ben Wolfe died, his son-in-law, Fred Dewey, took over the business. Today, Fred Dewey, Jr. runs the family business.
For many collectors, milk bottles carry a nostalgic quality of a bygone age. The most prized milk bottles are embossed (raised glass lettering) or pyroglazed (painted) with names of dairies on them, which were used for home delivery of milk so that the milk bottles could find their way back to their respective dairies. Milk bottles since the 1930’s have used pyroglaze or ACL (Applied Color Label) to identify the bottles. Before the 1930’s, 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. Some interesting stats:
- The first home milk deliveries occurred in 1785 in rural Vermont.
- The first glass milk bottle was patented in 1874 in the United States.
- In the 1920’s advertisements began to appear on milk bottles, etched on the glass using a sandblasting technique.