I have not had an opportunity to get on the site and post anything in quite a while, so I thought I'd make time to post up some pictures and information on my milk bottles from Monroe County, PA.
I've been collecting bottles from the area for about 20 years now, and while I have amassed quite a few milks there are still some I don't have. This list is not complete and they're not in any particular order. If anyone out there has other bottles from the area and would like to share pictures or information please do!
I seem to have misplaced my research notes (lost in a move I think), so any information I'm posting here is from memory unless it's on the bottle itself. I can't guarantee complete accuracy.
First up are my INDIAN SPRING DAIRY STROUDSBURG, PA bottles.
These are all Thatcher bottles. The "SPRING" bottles are both dated 1928. The "SPRINGS" bottle is dated 1927.
I believe this dairy was sold in the 1930's and continued in operation into the 1940's at least (I think Blakeslee took it over).
CLOVER LEAF MILK CO. STROUDSBURG
These bottles are on the rarer side. They are early 20's bottles based on the TMC mark that Thatcher used during that time period. I have not been able to find any information on this dairy.
BLUE RIDGE DAIRY D.P. GRONER STROUDSBURG, PA.
Relatively common quart. Much scarcer pint.
Both Thatcher bottles. The pint is dated 1934. The quart is not dated.
I have original caps for both of these bottles!
FABEL'S DAIRY STROUDSBURG, PA.
My grandmother was a Fabel and was Fred Fabel's niece (if I recall correctly). Fred Fabel took over the Stroudsburg Creamery Company before 1920. This dairy was located on First Street in Stroudsburg.
The "Fabel's" bottles are Thatcher bottles from the early 40's. The "Fabel" bottles are Owens bottles produced in their plant in Clarion, PA, also in the early 40's. I don't know why they would have different bottles produced like that at the same time.
The juice bottle does not have a maker's mark or date on it. It is the only dairy in the county that I know of that used a juice bottle of that type.
Both types of embossed bottles, except for the juice bottle, are relatively common and available. The juice bottle is pretty scarce. There are a couple of different pyro bottles from this dairy. It continued on into the early-mid 1950's.
There are earlier bottles that say "Fetherman and Fabel" on them but I don't have one yet.
STROUDSBURG CREAMERY CO.
These are early bottles. As I noted earlier, Fred Fabel bought the Creamery Co. before 1920. I don't know if he continued to operate as the Creamery Co. before he changed over to Fabel's Dairy, but these are all early bottles and the Fabel's Dairy bottles are mostly from the 40's. The bottles with the big "S" are both Thatcher bottles dated 1915.
SHEHAWKAN DAIRY WATER GAP, PA.
One of the few dairies from Delaware Water Gap. These are early Thatcher bottles dated 1919 (quart) and 1917 (pint). Quite scarce. My pint is kind of beat up but it's the only one I've ever had a chance to obtain.
This dairy was along the creek near the school, and is one of the only dairies shown on the early Sanborn Maps of the area.
There are two other Water Gap milk bottles but I don't have either. One is from the Castle Inn Farm, which served the Castle Inn Resort, and the other I can't remember offhand.