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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Spilled Milk: Early 40s

Spilled Milk: Early 40s

Taken in Southern California. You can't cry over spilled milk. Who planted that tree there? I think I would sue. View full size.

It's a Stutz

Stutz Pak-Age-Car. A nice restored one here.

Adohr Farms Van

Well here's another shot of the same van.

Interesting design -- would like to know the model, manufacturer and year. Adohr Farms set up a huge Guernsey-cow based dairy in Tarzana (San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles) before WWII. Here's an LA Times article on their history. They were bought up by and became part of the Southland Corporation around 1969.

So sad!

Not just all that milk wasted, but all those nice bottles broken! I don't remember door delivery of milk, but we did go to a dairy, in 1969-70, when we lived in Ellensburg, Washington. They sold raw milk, in half-gallon, glass bottles. It wasn't homogenized, either. We always hoped our brother wouldn't get to it, first. Instead of shaking the bottle, he would just pour the cream off of the top into his glass, and we would have to drink skim milk until the bottle was empty!

Moo

I have not enjoyed milk since they stopped delivery of it in those awesome glass bottles!

Looks like a setup

Mama sends a kitten or two to cross the street at the crucial moment, truck swerves, hits tree, cargo hijacked.

An Adohr-able little milk truck

But how he got that thing up on the curb like that is beyond me. Nice of him to be picking up the broken glass, though. It must have been a very low-speed impact; that tiny bumper doesn't even look dented, nor does the tree's life look at all threatened. The neighborhood cats were no doubt quite pleased.

 
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