History of Milk and Egg Home Delivery Service

By | May 24, 2019

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Milk Delivery Driven by Horse in 1908. Source: (urbanmilwaukee.com)

Home deliveries of milk and eggs, as well as ice cream, were very common back in the early 1800-1900s but today are very rare. In the beginning, milk was delivered using churns before milk bottles were made. During the very early days, deliveries were made using horse-drawn carts.

Gridley Dairy, founded in 1897, was one of those companies that started off with a horse-drawn cart. By the 1930s, these delivery methods were replaced by refrigerated trucks. The company had more than 1,000 employees and 30,000 cows. The business lasted until 1942 when they were overtaken by Borden, a bigger outfit.

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Milk Delivery Using a Float. Source: (winteringham.info)

Seen here is what is called a three-wheeled electric float that was used to deliver milk. All types of various vehicles have been used for milk delivery. Besides the usual trucks and horse-drawn carts in the early days, there have been bicycles, motorbikes, vans, push carts, and electric carts. Not only did men deliver milk and dairy products but so did women during wartime. Even children have delivered milk products.