Round shaped vintage bottles
with their embossed lettering on the side are worth
quite a bit more than when they were first made.
Apparently, this style of milk bottle was replaced
by a different style around the 1930's.
The round shaped milk bottles were replaced by square shaped milk bottles
and embossing gave way to pyroglazed, or painted labels that are heat set.
The embossing or the painted label usually
identified the dairy, the town and the state.
Most bottles were made from clear glass, so a customer
could see at a glance that the milk was still good.
Colored milk bottles were hardly
ever used, and as such are quite rare.
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When Lin Cooper was in high school in the early 1930’s
he lived in Pocatello, Idaho. He and his uncles, Jim and Buster,
got a job milking cows. There was no barn so they would
catch the cows and milk them in the corral.
They got a contract to deliver the milk to the C.C.C. Camps.
Their sorrel horse, Dan, became so familiar with the
delivery route that he could stop at all the right places by himself.
Joe and Lin Cooper on their horses in Pocatello, Idaho
Lin’s dad also leased seven acres of farm land
near the Portneuf River and planted it in onions.
Old Dan got loose and got into the onion fields.
He ate so many of the onions that all his hair fell out.