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Giant Containers: Milk Bottles

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Milk Bottle
Libertyville, IL
Milk Bottle
Bloomfield, CT
Benewah Milk Bottle #1
(Garland St.)
Spokane, WA
Benewah Milk Bottle #2
(S. Cedar St.)
Spokane, WA
The Milk Bottle in Libertyville is about 10 feet tall. It is installed at Lambs Farm. The bottle came from the roof of Joe's Fireside restaurant in Libertyville. It had been installed there since at least the 1950s, possibly the 1940s. The building later housed a Chinese restaurant which was destroyed by a fire. The bottle was saved from the rubble. For more, see this website.

The Milk Bottle in Bloomfield is just over five feet tall. It appears to be made of cement. The bottle stands in front of Maple Hill Farms which has been around since 1928.

The Milk Bottles in Benewah were designed in 1935 by Whitehouse and Price. They stand 38 feet tall and are 15 feet wide. The body of the bottles are wood and wire mesh covered with stucco. The neck and cap are sheet metal over a wooden frame. The owner, Paul E. Newport, had six or seven of these milk bottles built as retail outlets for his Benewah Dairy Company. The bottles were designed to make milk appealing to children.

The company folded in 1972 and only these two bottles remain. Another on Perry St. was converted into a windmill but seems to be gone. Bottle #1, the first built, was used as a junk before about 1994 when it was taken over by Mary Lou's Milk Bottle Restaurant, an ice cream shop. The building was badly damaged in 2011. However, the bottle was spared and the restaurant reopened in 2012. For more, see this website.

Bottle #2 was vacant when this photo was taken in 2008. The building now houses the Plaster Shop. For more, see this website.

Harbisons Dairies
Philadelphia, PA
The Harbisons Dairies' water tower was built around 1914. There were four other locations with these milk bottles. They are all gone but this one. Harbisons Dairies no longer exists. For more, see this website. [advertisement scan thanks Gene Hanlon]

Steigerwald
Dairy Building
Portland, OR
former Bordens plant
Niagara Falls, ON
Guaranteed
Milk Bottle
[restored]
Montreal, QC
Milk Bottle
Memphis, TN
The Steigerwald Dairy Building was built in 1926 in the shape of a milk bottle. In 1936, when a paint store moved in, the building was covered up with plaster and transformed into two paint cans. In the 1940s, an animated neon 7-Up sign was installed on top. In 2003, that sign was replaced with a Budweiser sign. In 2008, the building was vacant. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

The Niagara Falls Bordens plant, with its milk bottle entrance, was built in 1930. Bordens closed in 1974. In the late 1980s, the building was converted into a nightclub/restaurant. It was known as the "Roman Court", "Castle Rock" and "The Basement" over the years. In 2006, the building was renovated and become the Sterling Inn & Spa. For more, see this website.

The Montreal Milk Bottle was originally used as a water tower for the Guaranteed Dairy Building which was built here in 1930. The giant steel bottle is about 32 feet tall and 12 feet wide. The lettering used to spell out "Guaranteed Pure Milk". The bottle had obviously been neglected for many years. In 2009 after this photo was taken, it was completely restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Memphis Milk Bottle was a water tower for the dairy company located below. I believe the dairy was the Klinke Brothers. Since these photos were taken in 2007, the base of the bottle has been covered with graffiti. In 2012, it was announced that the building would be demolished but the bottle will be saved and moved to the Children's Museum. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Bottlegate Farm
Kent, NY
Bottlegate Farm has two 8 foot tall and two four foot tall bottles at its entrance. I believe this place was once a dairy farm.

Milk Bottle
Whately, MA
Milk Bottle
Corpus Christi, TX
Milk Bottle
Templeton, CA
The Quonquont Dairy Milk Bottle in Whately was built around 1926 and was used for selling sandwiches, pie and ice cream. The dairy operated from 1923-1943. Another source says that the Bottle was used from 1932-1942. The Bottle is made of cement and is 16 feet tall. In 1951, it was moved across the street. In 1990, the Bottle was donated to the Whately Historical Society who have taken care of it since then. The Bottle was restored and moved again in 1995. These photos are from 2009. In 2013, the Bottle was restored again. For more, see this website.

The Milk Bottle in Corpus Christi stands in front of an RV park and is used for storage. The structure may have been used by a dairy and has been here since at least the 1950s. Another source says it was built in the 1930s or 1940s, used for selling snacks/drinks/ice cream, and that there was never a dairy there. This area of town has always been home to trailer parks and cheap motels.

The Milk Bottle in Templeton originally advertised for the Rossi Dairy which was located directly behind it. The bottle faces Highway 101. It is about 12 feet tall and there was a small door on the backside of it. Does anyone know when it was built?

Richmond Dairy Building
Richmond, VA
The Richmond Dairy was built in 1913. In 1999, the building was converted into rental apartments at a cost of nearly $8 million. There are three 16 foot milk bottles at the corners of the building. This building is similar to the Polk's Dairy which was located in Indianapolis, IN. I'm not sure which came first or if one was modeled after the other. For more, see this website.

Braum's Milk Bottle
Oklahoma City, OK
Milk Bottle
Michigan City, IN
Milk Bottle
Irvington, NJ
The Braum's Milk Bottle was installed on top of this building in 1948. The sheet metal bottle is about 18 feet tall. It originally advertised for the Townley Dairy. The bottle has advertised for Braum's, a local dairy company, since 1993. The building now houses Saigon Baguette, a French-Vietnamese bakery. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2 [map]

The Michigan City Milk Bottle is now on the roof of La Rocco's Floor Coverings. The building was once occupied by a milk delivery company.

The Irvington Milk Bottle is installed on the roof of Dairyland, an ice cream parlor. The bottle is 9 feet tall and made of metal. The clock no longers works. The Dairyland Ice Cream Company was founded here in 1900 at this building which served as a dairy production plant. In 1972, the company began focusing on ice cream. There were a few other locations in the area but this is the only one left. For more, see these websites 1 and 2.

Milk Bottle
Joliet, IL
Skip's
Milk Bottle [gone]
Chelmsford, MA
City Dairy Co.
Toronto, ON
The Milk Bottle in Joliet stands in front of what used to be the Weber Dairy Co. plant. The bottle has been here since at least the mid-1960s. The building is no longer used for milk production but is still called the Dairy Center. For more, see this website.

Skip's Restaurant had an ice cream stand next door. The stand closed around 2000 and the restaurant closed in 2008. This bottle was approximately eight feet tall and was originally installed on the roof of the stand. When the stand was replaced with a car wash, the bottle was moved to the back corner of the lot. By 2010, it was gone. For more, see this page.

The City Dairy Co. bottle is a tribute to Toronto's first dairy which was founded in 1900. The City Dairy factory building is located nearby and is now used by the University of Toronto. This sculpture was created by Stephen Cruise in 1997 and is mounted on a 20 foot tall pole.

HP Hood Milk Bottle
Boston, MA
Frates Dairy Milk Bottle
Raynham, MA
The Hood Milk Bottle is 40 feet tall and 18 feet in diameter. If it were real, would hold 50,000 gallons of milk. This wooden bottle was built in 1933. It was originally located in Taunton, MA. It was used as an ice cream stand until 1967. The Bottle remained vacant for eight years until Hood Milk was persuaded to buy it. In 1977, the Bottle was cut into three sections and moved by barge to Boston's Museum Wharf. During the move, it briefly stopped at the Milk Bottle in Raynham. The Hood Bottle was completely renovated in 2007. It is located next to the Children's Museum and serves as an ice cream stand and snack bar. Hood is the biggest dairy company in New England and was founded in 1846. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The Frates Dairy Milk Bottle in Raynham is one of three giant milk bottles built by the Frates Dairy Company around 1930. Another one survives in New Bedford (see below). I don't know where the third was located. They were designed by Les Labrose and painted white with a cream color close to the brim.

The Frates Bottle in Raynham still serves ice cream take-out through the front windows. Thee is a restaurant attached behind it. The bottle is about 50 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter.

Frates Dairy Milk Bottle
New Bedford, MA
2001 2010
This Frates Dairy Milk Bottle was built in 1930. It is 52 feet tall. The building served as an ice cream stand until around 2005. It has housed G&S Pizza since 2006. For more, see this website.

Voss Bar-B-Q
Yorkville, NY
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Voss Bar-B-Q has a 12 foot tall milk bottle on its roof. Voss opened its dairy and ice cream stand here in 1937. Originally, the bottle was made of tin and outlined in neon. The neon hot dog sign is 16 feet wide. Hot dogs were added to the menu in 1950.

More Milk Bottles:
Milk Bottle Water Tank (Topanga, CA) [private property] [map]
Halifax Creamery (Daytona Beach, FL) [gone]
Uhland, TX [gone?]
Edmonton, Canada

The Asselin Dairy in Norway, MI had a 65 foot tall milk bottle. It was built in 1929 of metal-sheated wood and plaster. The dairy moved out in the late 1970s and the abandoned building was destroyed.

For more about these Milk Bottles and milk bottle collecting, see this website.

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