By the time Milky Way Dairy opened it’s doors in 1950, milk bottles had become square instead of round – making it easier to fit the bottles on the shelf. The original porcelain caps had been replaced with set-in printed cardboard disks that told the customer the dairy, fat content and amount of milk purchased. These disks signaled the beginning of the end. The cardboard disks were declared unsanitary in the mid 1960s and manufacturers began to change over to the disposable waxed cartons. Waxed cardboard gave way to plasticized cardboard and then to just plain plastic bottles. While some small organic and private dairies have returned to the use of glass, the plastic milk jug has effectively replaced the glass milk bottle in super markets around the world.”
The Oskaloosa Herald and the Nelson Pioneer Farm are teaming up to test your knowledge of historical artifacts.
The Nelson Pioneer Farm has about 15,000 artifacts in its collection spanning in age from the 1840s to the present.
The Herald will take a picture of an artifact and publish it in the Herald section of the Oskaloosa Shopper, The Oskaloosa Herald an the Herald's Web site, www.oskaloosa.com. People can make a guess on what they think the object could be.
People can either email their guess to email@example.com or mail their guess to The Oskaloosa Herald, P.O. Box 530, Oskaloosa, IA 52577. You can vote from Wednesday through Saturday.
The identity of the artifact and the vote breakdown will be announced in each Wednesday's Herald Shopper along with the week's new artifact.
Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org