Adventures in Antiquing: Vintage Milk Bottles

I am in the process of dusting and rearranging my kitchen antiques and among them are these vintage milk bottles we’ve collected along the way. I love how they invoke that feeling of yesteryear when the milkman would drop by to bring fresh milk and pick up the empties.

That was back when the neighbors would joke about that one kid who “looked like the milkman”.

Ah, the good old days. 😄

I did a bit of research on a couple of the bottles. There are two from Memory Lane dairy which is still in business in Fordland, Missouri while the others are from Creamkist dairy out of San Bernadino, California which was operating back in the 1950s and 1960s (from what I can find).

I’d love to collect bottles from earlier than that so I may start looking for some to add to this small collection we have going here. Of course then I will have to dust them, so maybe I’ll just collect old dairy ads and artwork on the computer instead. 😏

Speaking of milk, though, I have had some success with adding it back into my diet after years of avoiding it because I was reacting badly to all things dairy there for a long time. I used a desensitization protocol similar to the one found here and it actually has worked well enough that I can now drink a half a glass of cow’s milk daily with no reactions.

I can also have butter and cheese in small amounts with no problem whereas before I was having anaphylactiod mast cell reactions (which are like a delayed allergic response that take hours or even days to manifest). It severely limited my ability to eat premade food or go out to restaurants or take pills of any kind since so many of them have milk proteins in the ingredients.

Not fun!

So that’s pretty huge for me. I’m only using organic dairy products which are a bit more expensive but I think it’s worth it. I’m also looking at a local dairy that delivers raw milk and may try that, too. I’m just a bit nervous of drinking raw milk still, but I’ve read so many good things about it that I feel I owe it to myself to at least try it.

Who knows, maybe I’ll have my own milkman soon! 🙂

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