18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Milk Bottle Grocery along historic Route 66

Milk used to be delivered in glass bottles by a milkman driving a milk truck. The milkman was a friendly fixture in neighborhoods, and this delivery method produced a lot less waste than today’s store-bought milk cartons. Milk was sold in glass bottles for the first time in 1879. Homes had insulated milk boxes built into the side of the house, and the milkman would put in fresh bottles, remove old ones, and collect payment. The rise of grocery stores, more car ownership, and better refrigeration caused the decline in milk delivery. However, there is now a renewed interest in home milk delivery.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Oklahoma City, Ok, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Alexandra Buxbaum