Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Here's Milk, ho!

Selling milk from 12 gallon cans, from the 1808 book The Cries of New-York with a description.  Also pictures from 1795 and 1805 Great Britain.

"This choice and wholesome liquid is ... carried round, twice a day in summer and once in winter, from door to door, in this manner, in large tin kettles, some of which hold more than twelve gallons each. It is brought over Brooklyn ferry in great quantities, some of it from several miles up the island. Those who keep cows in the outskirts of the city drive round with it in carts, which are mostly covered. It sells from six to ten cents per quart."  [The Cries of New-York. New-York: Printed and sold by S. Wood, at the Juvenile Book-store, No. 362, Pearl-Street, 1808]

Milk below Maids from Cries of London, 1795:
Pyne, Costumes of Great Britain, 1805:
©2012 Patricia Bixler Reber

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