Thursday, May 13, 2010
Adventures in Dairyland
No problem there! Milk caps, unused boxes, dairy coupons - these things all predate me, but not by very long. I do remember that a few of our neighbors on the street where I grew up were still getting their milk delivered into the mid-Seventies. They must've cancelled the service after that, though, because I haven't seen a "milk man" since.
What's interesting about my collection of dairy ephemera is that most of it didn't come from around here at all! I bought nearly all of it online. You can still find this kind of stuff for pretty cheap on Ebay and Etsy. There are a couple of "secret" shops online (wholesale) where I find neat items, too.
Okay, back to reality. So, the book shown here has a total of a dollar's worth of coupons - I wonder how far that would've taken a family? A week? Longer? Seems like it would've been kind of expensive to have these booklets printed up if they would've been used right away, so I'm guessing longer than a day, for sure.
When I look at these coupons, I always wonder if the farm stated on the cover is still in operation, or if it was bought up by some conglomerate in the 70s or 80s. (Update: I just Googled "Brantjen Farms, and the land was sold for McMansions in a planned community called "The Spirit of Brantjen Farms". Interesting.).
I love my collection, but I also enjoy working with these little guys in my art. Here are some of the pieces I've made with dairy items:
I tried to keep the integrity of the caps and coupons so that the viewer could see the great graphics on these wonderful items. I LOVE that cow, and even though it's technically not a dairy product, it came from a dairy and I think the orange graphic is fantastic.
I haven't bought any dairy items for a while, but I'm sure some more will pop up sometime. Isn't that what having a "collection" is all about? :D