Profile America -- Sunday, January 16th. Today's health inspectors would have a fit if they had seen milk delivered in the 19th century. It was carried in a big pot on a horse-drawn wagon, and ladled into whatever container a family brought out of the house. That changed this month in 1878, when Alexander Campbell of New York City began selling milk in glass bottles. His invention was around for about a hundred years, with milk delivered in the early morning to homes across America every day. Now, antique glass milk bottles are eagerly sought by collectors and most of us buy our milk at the supermarket in waxed paper containers or plastic jugs. Each of us drink 21 gallons of milk a year, more than half either reduced fat or skim milk. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 212
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