HERVEY THATCHER’S MILK BOTTLE
By Alfred Lief
HERVEY D. Thatcher, a physician in Potsdam, N. Y. in the 1880′s, ran his own drugstore and milked his own cow. He was concerned with sanitary milking and patented a Milk Protector with rubber tubes to discharge the milk into a covered pail and thus keep out the dirt. But it failed to interest his fellow farmers.
Then he carried his ideas of hygiene a step furtherâ€”to the doorstep of the consumer. Milk delivery in bottles was unknown. A farmer went on his milk route with a can and dipper and the first customer got the cream but each time the can was opened, dirt from the street and hair from the horses fell in. The last customer got dirty skim milk.
Milk Now Delivered in Handy Paper Bottles
A SPEEDY motorcycle,it is said, can haul as much milk in new paper containers, recently introduced by a New York dairy concern, as a wagon can deliver in glass bottles.
The cone-shaped containers can be packed upright and inverted so that two quarts occupy little more space than a one-quart bottle. Moreover, two quarts in paper containers are said to weigh only seven ounces more than one quart in a bottle.
Before filling, the containers are paraffined to make them leak-proof and air-tight. After filling, the top is sealed with a metal clip. To open the new paper bottles, the top is cut off below this clip.
Radio Increases Milk Yield of Cows With Musical Ear
THAT cows will give more milk to the strains of music was proven when Ben Scott, in charge of the cattle at the Fred-mar Farms near Oakville, Mo., installed a radio loudspeaker for the benefit of the restless bovines.
They immediately showed signs of musical appreciation and stood still while they were milked. Some even cocked a musical ear while the soothing strains of a classical waltz came from the radio.
As an almost conclusive proof to the new idea, the cow pictured boasts of an official record for 3-year-olds with 840.98 pounds butter and 17,864 of milk.
MOUSE MILK $10,000 a quart
BY LESTER DAVID
THE Columbia University medical school has given M. D. degrees to 3,000 assorted black and white mice. The M. D. stands for Mouse Dairy.
Elsie the Borden cow would probably look down the side of her dainty nose at Juniper the Columbia Mouse because of the latter’s scanty milk output. Juniper yields a mere cubic centimeter every few months and the entire kit and kaboodle of 3,000 is good for only two quarts a year. Elsie can sniff but Juniper, in her academic robe and rakish mortarboard, can snub right back because Elsie just isn’t in her social class.
Wool from Cow’s Milk
THAT “necessity is the mother of invention” is a truism again called to attention with the discovery of “mechanical sheep” now in commercial operation at Milan, Italy. Like the German production of “Ersatz” materials during the World War (called mud by other nations), Italy was forced to seek a substitute for wool during her Ethiopian conquests, when “sanctions” were applied. Wool is one of the raw materials for which Italy depends almost entirely upon foreign countries. When foreign countries “refused” to sell wool to the “aggressor,” scientists strained to develop a substitute; and now, two years after the discovery of the method, a most satisfactory product is being produced in vast quantities, by one of the worlds’ largest rayon companies.
CREAM-MAKER Among Newest Home Aids
BOTTLE-HOLDER now on market enables baby to feed himself without danger of dropping the bottle. Made of aluminum, the broad circular base makes the unit secure even on uneven surfaces such as pillows. The bottle is held in a pivoted sleeve which may be tipped to almost any angle which may be needed.
MOP-HANDLE which has a flexible joint can be bent around corners, to penetrate nooks and corners otherwise hard to reach. The mop may be set at any desired angle
Robot Cow Moos and Gives Milk
Hidden Motors Give Exhibit for World’s Fair the Movements of a Living Animal
AN ELECTRIC cow that chews a cud, breathes, moves its head, winks its eyes, moos, and gives real milk will form one of the exhibits at the World’s Fair next summer.
This robot animal has just been completed at the New York City workshop of Messmore and Damon, specialists in creating mechanical beasts that range from prehistoric dinosaurs to modern puppies. It is an exact reproduction of a Holstein milk cow, the hide which covers the papier-mache body being that of the real animal. This particular Holstein was chosen as a model because it had a large black spot on one side. In the reproduction, this spot forms a door that can be removed if anything goes wrong with the mechanism inside.
Thermos Container Insures Constant Milk Temperature
Placed over a bottle of milk at the time of its delivery to a customer’s home, a thermos-type container produced by a California manufacturer is said to keep the milk at its delivery time temperature indefinitely. A simple release lever on the top of the container locks or unlocks the bottle.
Locomotive Tries Milk Fuel
DEMONSTRATING its energy value, two tons of dried milk in the form of briquets was used in place of coal to fuel the locomotive of the Dixie Limited at the start of its run from Chicago Depot to Florida. The substitute fuel is said to have burned readily, providing as much heat as coal.
Milk Spray Aids Sun Tan
Bathers at Willow Lake, near Glendale, Calif., have adopted mass-production methods to speed up the process of acquiring coveted coats of sun tan. They employ a motor-driven atomizer to apply a newly developed milk spray, which is said to protect the skin from unaccustomed exposure to the sun’s rays and to help prevent burning- and peeling.