Thursday, March 13, 2014

Friday, March 13, 1936

Four inches of snow this morning-
Thawed some during day but snows more this eve again-
Wrote to Clara this A.M.
Mail box and milk bottle box* all tore down this A.M. must have been a wreck in the storm during the night-
Mother has been good today but prouled all last night.

Milk bottle tabs from my Bicentennial memorabilia

*The images I found online of milk bottle boxes seem to be mostly galvanized metal. Some were wooden. The milk bottle tabs above are from my maternal grandmother's Bicentennial memorabilia collection which I have inherited. Aren't they great? You can see more here.


  1. I think it is great that you show the diary in its original spelling. Your milk bottle tops are great. I always buy them up when I see them. Milk tops really were the pop ad's of the previous century.

    1. Irene was a pretty good speller except for a few quirky ones. But when she misspells, it's consistently misspelled.

      I've looked around & these are the only history related ones I have seen so far. I'll have to start checking places for these milk tabs. Maybe I can find some local dairies.

  2. They are great! Your are so lucky to have them.

  3. AAAH! Those are fabulous!! When I was a kid, we moved into an old grocer's shop (still with all the old Victorian fixtures and fittings) and it turned out to have an old dairy-goods store in the garden! It had tube after tube of old cardboard milk bottle tops (circular with a pop-out hole in the middle - ideal for making pom-poms!). We left most of them when we moved away and I so wish I'd kept some. It's pretty awesome that your family have not only recorded their lives but kept the ephemera of the day - it brings their history to life.

    1. You get points for using my favorite word- ephemera! We might have saved more, but after Iliff died, my grandmother became even more of a hoarder. My sister & I were teenagers when we helped my parents clean out the house. After awhile, we just started chucking stuff. There might have been more diaries. I do have some of my paternal grandmother's journals though. They are very different from Irene's diary.


Thanks for visiting this flashback to 1936. I'm sure Irene would be pleased! We'd love to hear from you.