Mystery 517 Massachusetts Milk Bottle

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treasurekidd

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Hello, I picked up a mystery half pint Massachusetts milk bottle today, embossed only with the number 517 in the slug plate. I've never seen a milk bottle embossed with just a number like this, and my attempts to research this bottle have turned up nothing, so I was hoping someone else could shed some light on this one. Anyone ever seen a milk like this one? Thanks in advance!

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Thanks, CanadianBottles, I hadn't thought of that. Perhaps some sort of laboratory bottle, with 517 being a lot or control number? Very possible. Thanks!
 

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Yes, interesting indeed. It’s a little out of territory for my collection, but it was unique enough that I bought it just to try to figure out what is was. No luck so far though :(
 

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My guess is a phone number. You should look for milk companies in the 1920's that had 517 as a phone number...their phone numbers are usually pretty prominent in their advertisements.
 

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