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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.
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.
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.
I Will be posting pictures of Lebanon county milk bottles as time permits. Part of my milk bottle collection will be at the the Lebanon Historical Society for 3 to 4 months starting in November 2018. If you like milk bottles or agricultural history you might want to check it out.
White Clover Avon Sanitary Forney Sunset Valley View
Fairview Wengert Farmer's Co-Op Hillside Bomgardner
Heilbron Hershey Choc Seyfert Wengert Maple Lane
Avon Sanitary Locust Grove Grimes Hershey Choc Grimes College Hill
Phillip's Spangler Wagner Fink Thompson
Sweetarrow Pine Crest L. Laudermilch F.W. Fernsler Walmer
Wieland Horstick's Bashore Yeager J. Laudermilch
Houck Springdale D.E. Miller Long Spangler
R. L. Miller Ziegler A.W. Harper Palmyra Sani. Wm Rank
A. F Killian Spotts Edris Allwein Milk Produce Co
Far View L.S. Milk Co John M Meily G. Laudermilch Bicksler
Schmid Twin Spring Kaleta College Hill S.W. Hielman
S.D. Hielman Shetter Boeshore Hershey S.T. Yost
W. Keller Hiester Reist H. Bomberger Leb. Valley Milk