pair of depression era Ohio dairy milk bottles
1930s pair of vintage glass milk bottles
Golden Star Dairy in East Liverpool, OH
This is a STORE bottle (meaning not for consumer deposit return) marked “Tuberculin Tested Milk” which was a huge public safety concern starting in the 1920s and lasting through the depression. Awesome embossed 5¢ mark on the other side in gorgeous type. As far as I can tell, a fire was started to disguise a robbery at the plant and caused this local dairy to shutter its business in 1970.
Link to some cool historical pics:
Famous Dairy Co of Salem, Ohio seems to have been in operation from the 1800s through the 1940s but I can’t find any indication that they remained in business after that. Many small dairies were bought out by emerging milk giants during the stock bust, and this might be an example of that.
Both glass bottles pint size and are in great shape, with no crack. I picked up both during a February picking trip in the Great Lakes Region. Bottles hold water and make great decor pieces, photography props, or flower vases.
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