Greetings! This month, we have a look at a real gem in the Smithsonian History, Art, and Culture digital collection. Two volumes of a turn-of-the-century serial devoted to all things related to the human body and its maintenance: Physical Culture. At turns laughable and insightful, this title is a hoot to page through. It features everything from workout tips to fad diets, diets meant to add pounds, mind you. For example, judging by the amount of ink it gets, the milk diet was very popular back in 1908. When adhering to a milk diet, the publishers warn, it’s important to consume milk only. No solid food of any kind! So, don’t add cheese, for example! It’s kind of like a phlegmy protein shake diet! Continue reading
Today, in 1878, milk was delivered in bottles for the first time.
The Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library has many milk and dairy related catalogs. Included in these catalogs are milk bottles, milk caps, wire cases, cream separators, and more.
Here are just some of the catalogs:
De Laval Separator Co. De Laval Cream Separators Farm and Dairy Sizes. New York, NY, 1913.
Frank L. Jones. Supplies and Specialties for Cheese Factories and Creameries, Dairies, Milk Stations, Milk Dealers, &c. Utica, NY, ca. 1910.
Meyer-Blanke Co. Catalog of ‘Everything But the Cow’ for the Handling of Milk and its Products. St. Louis, MO.
Meyer-Blanke Co. Farm Dairy Equipment and Supplies. St. Louis, MO.
—Alexia MacClain and Mary Ann Wilson, photos by Lu Rossignol