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Milk Can
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Mom    Posted 01-20-2003 at 10:27:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know this may sound strange, but I am looking for the history of the "milk can". My daughter has to do a report on something old in our home, and we happen to come across an old milk can. Her father's father use to work on a farm, however he passed away almost two years ago, so we don't know who to ask about the history of the milk can. Who invented it? Why it looks the way it does? What do they use now?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-20-2003 at 11:59:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Never really thought about it...

Moving from an agrarian based society to 'civilization' required a 'surplus' of food to allow people to congregate in one area creating a 'city'...It was the surplus of foodstuffs that allowed people the freedom to pursue aspects of humanity other than looking for their next meal...I am betting that 'milk cans' were one of the first things invented after a grain basket or woven cloth bag for holding grains...Probably an earthenware amphora much like those used for carrying water or wine...

As for the 'current' form, it is appx 100 (or more) years old and came about from function more than 'form'...Can will hold appx 10 gallons of milk, can be carried by the average 'man' when full, and the handles were located so as to be able to lift them in and out of a 'cooler' which was basically an insulated box with a water-bath...I still have a milk-can cooler here...I also have a dozen or so cans with nice tinning...I also have one 5 gallon and a 2 gallon...A couple 3 cream cans too...

I did a cursory look on the net, but did not find anything...WIll post here if I do...

Mom    Posted 01-20-2003 at 16:37:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks. I've been checking the net for the past week. Thats how I found this site. Thanks for the help. Will continue to look. Can't believe their isn't anything out their on the process of milking cows, carrying the product, etc....

Thanks again.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-20-2003 at 17:56:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure there is...Lots of that stuff on modern day dairy practices...But you asked about the history of the milk can...

Todays modern dairy farm (small one) will milk the cows morning and afternoon and the milk is vacuumed out in pipelines to a refrigerated bulk tank...Truck will come every two days or so (some places daily) to pick up and the farmer is paid by the weight co-dependant on butterfat content...

Large scale farms milk in a parlour round the clock in rotating shifts...same end principles apply...

More info than you could ever want on modern Dairy on the net...

Mom    Posted 01-21-2003 at 14:47:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry, ment to say history of.... Still looking for info on the milk can. Why they used it. How it was used, etc.


Salmoneye    Posted 01-22-2003 at 03:58:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why they used it is easy...

They were used to store milk at the farm and transport it to the Dairy...

My Great Uncle used to tell of having to haul his milk to the Dairy every other day with his draft horses...Season made no difference...Had to be done regardless...5 miles one way...The Dairy picking up the milk has only been done here since after WWII...My family did not get a truck for hauling milk till 1939...I still have the truck...

Les...Hey Salmoneye    Posted 01-20-2003 at 12:30:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I talked to Mutt this morning and told him you were looking for a small sugaring arch (I take it you didn't go to Bascoms' this weekend?). He says there was a guy in Claremont at the Evans Fuel Mart that had one to sell. Maybe he'll ask him about it. But don't hold your breath.

When it rains...It pours...    Posted 01-20-2003 at 13:03:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Think I have a line on two here already...Been looking pretty hard daily...

One right here in town is all stainless and 5 years old...Guy wants $2000 firm...Another guy in Fairfax has a 2x6 with stainless front pan, tin drop flue sap pan, scoop and skimmer, 90 buckets with taps and lids, and a 500 gallon stock tank...I will know after I look at it this week if I am going to buy it...Pretty sure I will though...Guy is asking $1000 OBO...came with the house he bought and he wants the shack for storage ;-)...Think I should run $700 up the flagpole and see if he salutes?...If I get it for that I will be a happy camper...Heck...I will go a solid grand for all that and consider myself lucky!

Thanks again for remembering me!

PS...If you are looking for a total setup for 250 taps with 2x6 arch and SS pans, let me know...Guy has about $10,000 worth of stuff and he will deliver anywhere from PA to ME for $4150!
Wish I had that much cash, cuz I could make back over half selling what I don't want...Heck...Selling 250 buckets, taps and lids for $750 would be a bargain for the buyer!

You out there Ron/PA??? ;-)

Les    Posted 01-20-2003 at 13:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I doubt if I would ever be looking to do more than 20 to 50 taps, tops. Any more than that and we might as well fix up the sugar house and get back into it for real. Maybe when I retire.

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