Monday, August 15, 2011

Vintage Milk Bottle

  A few weeks ago, Charlie and I attended an Indoor Flea Market in Chantilly, Virginia and the only purchase I made was a vintage Harbisons  milk bottle for $5.  It is embossed on both sides with a script letter H with Harbisons Registered Dairies on it.


I did a little research on my vintage milk bottle and I found that the Harbison’s Dairy was located in Kensington, Philadelphia and closed in the early 1960’s.  The dairy is infamous for it’s bottle water tower, which still stands today.       


Could it be that my Harbison milk bottle is 50 years old?   Oh well, no matter I’m using it right now as a vase for my beautiful hydrangeas that I cut from my yard.

As always, thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Linking this post to:

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Coastal Charms for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday


  1. A beautiful addition to your perfect!

  2. Gail, great find.. when you get sick of it you can pass it on to me..LOL....Happy Monday

  3. What a wonderful find. I love that it has all the printing on and you were able to find out all about the company. That always makes it more fun. Love it as a vase and your hydrangeas are exquisite. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  4. Oh, I love the old milk bottles! My father used to collect them and when he passed away, they all went missing. I wish I could have gotten one. I really like all the printing on yours.


  5. Great bottle Gail and I love how your using it! The hydrangea looks beautiful in it! Martina

  6. Great find! Love the hydrangeas in it!

  7. So pretty Gail. I saw one of these in Buffalo while thrifting. I can kick myself that I did not get it.

  8. What a pretty milk bottle. I love the hydrangeas too. Thank you for sharing.

  9. What a treasure. I have a couple my Uncle gave me years ago, I'll have to look them up. hugs ~lynne~

  10. Wonderful find, beautiful hydrangeas! Visiting via A Stroll Thru Life.

    Tami @ A Girls Gotta Nest

  11. Milk bottles, and smaller cream bottles, make fantastic vases! I collect ones from local dairies ... especially Farmers Creamery that was here in Fredericksburg.

    Your hydrangeas are perfect in your new bottle! (I went to the Big Flea this time, and I didn't buy a thing.)

  12. wonderful find and don't you love the second go around of the hydrangea? Love the green colors they are now!

  13. I grew up in Phila. and remember Harbison's!!!!! I am going to REALLY date myself now but we had a milkman when I was a child and so I am sure he brought Harbison's milk!!!!!!!!!! Wish I had one of those bottles now. Great find! XO, Pinky

  14. I love this Gail! And it is SO pretty with those hydrangeas in it! Great find!

    Lou Cinda

  15. What a great bottle, Gail! And, the hydrangeas are the perfect, unexpected touch, too!

  16. Hi Gail,
    Your milk bottle is really nice! I love it, it looks wonderful being used as a vase. The hydrangeas are lovely!
    Hugs, Cindy

  17. Don't you just love making those little finds? Mr. Dumpling and I love "junking". There's always a new pretty around the corner.

  18. I was just searching the internet for Harbison Antique Milk Bottles and found your post. I just purchased one at a silent auction for 25.00! Wish I had found your deal, but it did go to a great cause. Were you every able to find out anymore about the bottles. I have had no luck at finding how much they really are worth. Thanks! Judy :)

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