Evolution of Dairy Industry in Calgary

In 1910 Peter Pallesen was employed as Manager of the Provincial Government Cold Storage and Creamery. His residence and the government plant were both located at Brewery Flats (East Calgary). The Carlyle Dairy was in operation at this time. The 1911 Calgary Henderson’s Directory lists the Cold Storage & Creamery plant but shows no manager […]

Nameless Bottles: Milk Bottles with Generic Slogans

There is another group of milk bottles that, as Rodney Dangerfield would say, “don’t get much respect.” These are the milk bottles, with no dairy name on them, but with generic slogans like “LOANED – RETURN WHEN EMPTY.” Such bottles would have been cheaper for dairies to buy than the named bottles mostly desired by […]

Do You Remember Mello-Moor?

Many older Edmontonians remember the delicious Mello-Moor ice cream that was sold at the Whyte Avenue dairy bar of South Edmonton Creamery. On a hot summer’s day, there were long lines to obtain the confection at the creamery at 10105-82 avenue. The creamery was founded in 1933 by Richard Barendregt, who managed it until 1938. […]

Dairy Collectibles Of Western Canada

Milk bottles, the first obvious dairy collectible, first appeared in Western Canada about 1905 or so. Prior to that milk was dispensed by dipper into the customer’s container. The development of the automatic bottle manufacturing machine made good bottles of consistent quality available at reasonable cost. These bottles were designed to be sealed with paper […]

Edmonton Dairies

As a boy living in the Norwood District of Edmonton, I used to “help” our Woodlands Dairy milkman. At the end of his route, I would tag along to help unload the wagon and stable the horse and help the milkman cash in. An important element of cashing in was placing the paper milk tickets […]

Dairies Of Edmonton

Since his retirement in 1995, bob has actively collected pre W.W.2 Canadian School readers, brass letter openers and Big Little Books. While he does have an extensive collection of each of these, his main passion has been collecting milk bottles and related dairy memorabilia. The milk bottle collection focuses on the four western provinces, with […]

Edmonton’s South Side Dairies

Alba Fitt, 85 years, recalls that they milked their 28 cows, bottled the milk, loaded the wagon, then had breakfast. Husband Jim then left on the Fitt’s Dairy route arriving back at the farm at 74th St. and 92 Ave. by 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. Fitt’s Dairy which operated from 1909 to 1949, was one […]