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Milk & Honeys: 1941

Milk & Honeys: 1941

August 1941. "Child buying bottle of milk. Duluth Milk Company. Duluth, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Milk Break!

We had milk available in our school, too. Only ours was in the half-pint paper (cardboard?) containers. They were a nickel apiece--but 6 cents for chocolate milk, which was only available on Tuesdays for some reason!


I recall the distinctive sound those rubber-rimmed lids made when dropped back down over the hatch. In my experience, I remember them more frequently being hinged, and covering a freezer rather than a fridge, containing ice cream.

Collecting evidence?

On July 29, 1941 the U.S. Department of Agriculture sued a group of nine dairies in the Duluth-Superior area, including Duluth Milk Company, because the Department had set a minimum price that producers were entitled to receive for raw milk, and the dairies disputed whether their commerce with the producers constituted interstate commerce. Later that year, the federal judge with a particularly Minnesotan name (Gunnar Nordbye) tried the case. He concluded the next spring that the Department's order was enforceable against Duluth Milk and the others. That company was slow to pay up, but eventually abided by a payment plan.

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