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                          LEBANON COUNTY MILK BOTTLES
             In the 1970's I got my first job at what then was Wengert's dairy. At this 
        time the dairy was still bottling milk in glass bottles. Around 1980 the dairy stopped 
    using glass bottles. At the same time there was a steady decline of home delivery by 
    the milkman. Today there are no glass bottles and the home delivery milkman is gone. I
    saw all these changes. I am sure that has some bearing on my milk bottle collecting. In 
    these pages I will show pictures and give information of those days gone. Bellow are pictures from Lebanon county and other areas of Pa.  THANKS FOR LOOKING !!!












                You local Wengert milkman.                          Wengert's Dairy in the early 50's.


                     Click on the smaller pictures below to enlarge.







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                Wengert 1930's                 Wengert war bottle 1940's                    Avon Sanitary Dairy
                       Valley View Dairy                              Forney's Dairy                               Funk's Sunset Dairy
         Fairview Farm Dairy                        Wengert cream top Qt                   Farmer's co op Dairy


     Bomgardner's Dairy                            Heilbronn Dairy Farm                       Klick's Hillside Dairy
    Hershey   Lebanon                           Different                     Hershey                             backsides
  Seyfert's           Wengert carton        Maple Lane     Wengert store                   Valley  View

   Locust Grove store bottle                 Wengert cream top store                      Hershey Lebanon
   S K Wengert  White Clover                           Bomgardner                                        Grimes
      hershey sour cream jar                               Grimes calendar           Wengert cap poster          Wengert bank truck
Wengert baby bottles      Thermometer           milk can                   cap pick                 beenie cap
                                                Variations of Wengert's Dairy creamers
     College Hill                Bomgardner's             Hershey's       Smith's Modern Dairy  Lebanon Valley 
 Hovey Stantner            Hershey Choc          Meadow Wood         J W Walmer         Grimes 2 color
    William Rank     John Meily (Jonestown)    White Clover                 Avon Sanitary store bottles

    Wengert's              Locust Grove            College Hill               Hershey Estates         Wengert's
                                                                                                      (Dauphin Co)
        Cleona                Newmanstown           Myerstown                  Annville                 Richland
 Milbach Springs          Jonestown                 Cornwall                 Palmyra                Fredericksburg
     Bunkerhill           Schaefferstown         Campbelltown               Avon                     Midway
                                                                                                                                ( Town was south
                                                                                                                                                                                 of Lebanon)
                                                                                                                                       
      The last 3 major dairies in the 60's and 70's to do home delivery in Lebanon County are pictured above with bottles in carriers.  The top row is Lebanon Valley Dairies and Smith's Modern Dairy. The  bottom row is Wengert bottles from the 60's and then from the 50's. 
       
Milk cartons can be collectable. Pictured above are Wengert's whole , swiss 2 , and skim cartons from Lebanon Pa. and Smith's Dairy and Red Gate goat cartons from Palmyra 
Pa. Milk cartons did not hold up to the elements as glass did. Most dairies now use plastic containers insead of cartons.
To see many Wengert's bottles through the years see the LEBANON DAIRY HISTORY page. I also collect many bottles from eastern and central Pa. Some examples are pictured below.
          Hren's Dairy                  Anthony's                 Behren's & Sons       Lenkerbrook
           Steelton Pa                Strasstown Pa          East Mauch Chunk     Harrisburg Pa
          Chas. Houck               Elijah Banner              J G Hockenbroch       A L Hederick
         Catawissa Pa                Herdon Pa                        Paxinos Pa                Darby Pa
            Turkey Hill                  Green Meadow           Old Blue Shadow             Our Home
            Creswell Pa                  Suedberg Pa                Belleville Pa                  Ephrata Pa
   Smith's Model Dairy         R D kauffman              buttermilk bottle        Penn State 1925   
          Hamburg Pa                  Marietta Pa                    Lykens Pa              State College Pa      
        A.W. Spangler                  D.J. Degler                 Page's fathead       Queen display bottle
       Stouchsburg Pa            Womelsdorf Pa              Pittsburg Pa                 Lancaster Pa            
    Log cabin Farms      Thatcher sample bottle                 Supplee 10 qt. milk bottle
          Lititz Pa                        Streator IL                                           Phila. Pa        
        butter crocks                Paulus Dairy                  Leiby Farms                Lykens Valley
 Lebanon , Harrisburg Pa     Butztown Pa                 Tamaqua Pa                Millersburg Pa
      Fleetwood Dairy             Casper Hart                     E E Plouse                D E Zimmerman
        Fleetwood Pa               Ringtown Pa                Hummlestown Pa          Llewellyn Pa
  Stauffer's Dairy         Alamito 2 color war slogan           Walnut Grove           P.L. Civitts
     Reading Pa                           Omaha NE                               Lititz Pa               Belleville Pa       
       Glick's Dairy               Tin milk license               Arbutus Dairy           Emigsville Dairy
      Smoketown Pa                Lebanon Pa                     Akron Pa             rare 1/2 gallon 1890's
      Sam Lapp                L.S. Milk Co.             H.W. Holler            Allen Hubler
      Ronks Pa                Lebanon Pa              Camp Hill Pa        Barry Pa (Hegins) 
    I.A. EBERLIN          Wernersville State Hosp.              Ritchies Dairy war slogan
       YORK Pa                   Wernersville Pa                             Martinsburg Pa
The above pictures are a bottle manufactured by the Belle Pre Bottle Co from Alexandria Virginia. The grooved section on the mouth is there so you can put your nail under the cardboad cap to pop it out. These bottles seem very rare even though the company claimed to be the largest milk bottle manufacturer in the U.S. Even rarer are bottles with a Dairy name on them as most have just "Belle Pre Co." on them. This bottle is from the "H.M. Wright  Bristol Pa" dairy in Bucks County. This pat. invention was called the Belle Pre Notch. This Company went out of bussines around 1921.