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Heavy Cream: 1940

Heavy Cream: 1940

November 1940. "Tulare County, California. Son of worker weighing up milk at Mineral King cooperative farm. Accurate milk records of each cow are kept." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Milk Scale and calendar

"Milk scales typically came in 10-pound increments (as the scale slide is pulled down with weight, the hand goes around three times) for 30 pounds maximum weight and 20 pounds (again, the hand goes around three times) for 60 pounds maximum weight."


The calendar is (most likely) from The Knudsen Milk Products Co. The earliest available city directory is dated 1957 when the company representative was Fred Olsson. I'm sure Fred could tell us who the young man might be.

Adding and subtracting

I think it is 72(32+40) minus 14(6+8)= 58. The numbers are a bit hard to read.

What's left of Mineral King Ranch

32 + 10 + 6 + 1 =

The sums of numbers must have carried more weight back then.

[Whatever that means. - Dave]

To equal 58?


Still dealing moo juice in the Golden State, 78 years later.

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