View Full Version : Need info on a milk bottle

12-15-2011, 01:56 AM
I found a beautiful BROWN one quart milk bottle from Sunland Dairy, Yuma, Arizona.

I cannot find ANY info about this bottle of the dairy itself. The bottle is gorgeous and has the original paper top still intact!

Any info is greatly appreciated!

12-15-2011, 05:03 AM
Welcome Dylan
I couldn't find much. I saw a couple obits that put it from the early 40's-50's and possibly a yearbook ad from 1960.
Somewhere on the bottle it should be embossed with some numbers which may be a date code. Look around it and on the base, they may be small.

12-15-2011, 10:10 PM
Hi Eric!

Thanks for your response. I used to live in Yuma and have asked friends who still live there and they know nothing of this dairy BUT... a little further research gives a "Sunland Dairy" in Phoenix(???)

The very bottom on the bottle on one of the four exterior sides is the following:
Side 1: "One Quart"
Side 2: "LIQ.X 343
Side 3: "1 REC."
Side 4: "Sealed (with a symbol that looks like a big T with a smaller letter or symbol under each horizontal top between the vertical part that looks to be a "M" an possibly a "C" or a sideways "L"?

The bottom outside of the bottle reads "S 56"

Any idea what all this means???

Thanks so much for all your help!!!!


12-17-2011, 12:24 AM
Hello Dylan,

Welcome to the Blue Pages. Nice amber pyro. Does the mark look like "Figure 20" on This Page? (http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/Thatcher_BLockhart.pdf)


12-17-2011, 01:56 AM
Yes!!! That is the one!!! and I forgot that there is a space then an "S" (if that means anything)

What does it mean? and all the other marks???


12-17-2011, 02:39 AM
Hey Dylan,

I'm not seeing anything on your base photo. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-QWfNoum-fXg/TumLVxrnhTI/AAAAAAAAAQw/57JNbCbLsPM/s408/1318216347796.jpg

Perhaps you can put up a better photo. One of or esteemed members worked for Thatcher for many years. If he sees it, he can tell us much.


12-17-2011, 03:02 AM
Hello Surf , not trying to steal the post but had to comment . Years ago I made many of those smoke and heat release vents like in your picture . Never seen one of them mounted on the top of a building till you posted this picture . Made my day .


12-17-2011, 10:51 AM
Do these help?

12-17-2011, 10:56 AM

All of the pictures of this bottle

12-18-2011, 01:40 AM
Calling Mr. RED Matthews... https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-SgxkiPJqKK4/Tuytbwuwk2I/AAAAAAAAASM/xrZ0HwKGJfg/s640/2011-12-17_06-43-37_443.jpg


Call for RED Matthews... http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/432569212_7d77681309_o.jpg

12-18-2011, 07:14 PM
It's a 1956 Thatcher Glass bottle.

12-18-2011, 07:27 PM
Yup, perfecto call morb.

12-18-2011, 07:33 PM
This is what I was looking for.
The "S" may be Streator, IL

12-19-2011, 02:57 AM
Wow, 1956!?!?!? Cool!

How rare is this bottle and does the defunct dairy enhance or take away from its value?

Although I probably could never sell it, what would it be worth to a collector???

Thank You guys!!!


12-19-2011, 06:47 AM
Value would depend on the main factors, supply and demand. The things going for it are the color and condition. There may be interest from locals remembering it from it being delivered or the yearbook thing.
I would keep it for sure and research more but take no less than $40 if I was to get rid of it.
That's just me though, you may not get $5.

PS, sorry surf, I didn't see your link to the same page, I wasn't trying to thunder steal.

12-19-2011, 11:24 AM
Thanks Eric. I would never sell it, it is FAR too cool!

I went to an auction in Las Vegas with a buddy of mine yesterday an I won a lot that had some toys in it and also a couple old milk bottles. I probably overpaid but I think I'm hooked! The history and stories behind these bottles make them so much fun and interesting to collect. I guess this begins the era of "Dylan the Bottle Collector". Anyone got any advice for someone just starting out collecting old bottles?

Oh, BTW; should I keep the cap for this milk bottle or doesn't it matter? It is in fair shape and you can still read it.

Did you guys see the pics of the old Big Chief Pop Bottle from that link? How cool is that??? STILL FULL AND CAPPED TOO!


12-22-2011, 11:12 PM
Ok, I posted a bunch of pictures of the bottles I found at the auction (yes, I'm hooked on bottle collecting now LOL!)

Take a look, one is a MTC!!!! Also, one says COMALAC "sealed 1-11-14(!?!?!?!?) and "Duraglas:... Let me know what you guys think:



David Fertig
12-30-2011, 09:47 PM
Welcome to AB matt.

YES - keep the cap! They are worth anywhere from $0.25 up. There are a few rare ones that will go $10-40 or so, maybe more. But, most are $3 or less. As a milk collector, I like matching caps (although I don't search out caps)

Most square milks are low value. Most are in the $1-10 range. There are the few exceptions that will go $100 or so, but don't get your hopes up on this one.

Amber color usually helps milks. It's hard to get any round ambers under about $30-40. I'd say square ambers are min. $5.

As to the value of your's - I have no idea. Too far out of my area.