Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vintage Mojonnier Milk Sample Bottles

Vintage Mojonnier Milk Sample Bottles

What am I using them for??
For storing my ground and pulverized botanicals for my soaps!
With a good scrubbing and sterilization, they're just perfect for storage.


These bottles lived in the basement for years before I thought of a good use for them. By the way, for those of you who haven't seen my basement, just suffice it to say that they were in lots of good company. Anyway, some years ago Kevin found these in an old abandoned building that was being demolished. He brings me junk on a regular basis - some of which I'm happy to see, and some of which I don't let past the kitchen door.

'Thanks, Honey, but NO. Please don't bring that any further. No, I mean it. I can smell the mold from here. No, really. I'm sure it's nice, but NO, please...sigh.'

Lest you think that I'm an ungrateful wretch, no, I'm not really. I even let him keep the porcelain men's (please don't ask) antique hospital bedpan in some color that was reminiscent of pale mustard. I'm hoping the color was under the glaze, not on top. But that one isn't stored in the house. It's outdoors somewhere, enjoying the fresh air. thank goodness.

Mojonnier milk sample bottles

The bottles have a little shield symbol with the name 'Mojonnier' on a 'ribbon,' running diagonally across the shield - and a patent number on the bottom front.

For some fun photos of milk sampling from a bygone era:





Hey, I have one of those!


I wonder what all that green and pink stuff is.

Check out this USDA article where I found the old photos.


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38 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

I think those bottles are fabulous Judy - how come we don't get to see a photo of the bedpan LOL!!!
Love the milk container in your garden though - how perfect!
Hugs,
Suzan

Lynn said...

This post is great. I'm a lover of old bottles and such. You've made good use out of these. Your picture where really good too.

J said...

The bottles are beautiful - kind of like Mason jars that everyone seems to just adore because they are such a comforting reminder of the past.
I loved this story and the cute little "funnies" tucked in between the lines! Poor husbands, huh? They try so hard, but sometimes they just don't get it!

Sandra said...

i love old bottles and have never seen these before, i googled them and there are some out there on several sites... your blog came up in the google search...

Diane said...

Very neat! Always wanted a milk can!

Denise said...

Awesome.

Ellie VanCaster said...

What fantastically neat bottles. My uncle worked for a cheese factory and they used those all the time.
Thanks for the good memory.
Have a wonderful Easter.

8)(8 said...

Your bottles are so interesting to look at as well as the back story.

Muffy's Marks said...

Great use for those old milk bottles. Love the old, when it can be re-used for something. Count you blessings, hubby could bring you flowers, you can't re-purpose flowers!!!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are adorable...well if a glass bottle can be adorable, lol.

Great for storage just like you said.

Jen

Heide at ApronHistory said...

How neat! I have never seen sample bottles before, but then maybe I have and just didn't know what I was looking at! Lol!
They are perfect for your botanicals. I can also picture buttons or beads in them.

Cranberry Morning said...

Just for the record, I should probably let you know that my husband and I continually kid each other about stuff like this, so I'm truly not dissing (?) him, even if it sounded that way. He's definitely a keeper. 40+ years of mostly-happy marriage says something about that. :-)

Chel C said...

I love that milk churn and the Echinacea flowers...one of my favourite flowers! You are very lucky to have one. Chel x

Maple Lane said...

I really enjoyed this post. Very interesting and love the pictures you have shared.
Easter blessings to you and yours.

Ruth Kelly said...

I've never seen sample bottles before. If they had been left in the sun, they might have changed color and looked antique.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Those bottles sure are neat...I've never seen anything like it. And no...I want ask about the bedpan! heehee! Enjoy your week! Happy Spring!

Carla said...

I love old bottles. I have a fun collection too.
Very fun post.

vintage grey said...

Oh, those bottles are so neat!! How fun to have them and be able to use them!! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

so cool. ( :

Amy Burzese said...

Those are very cool old bottles. It's great that you are putting them to good use. Your milk can with the cone flowers looks great! I know you are ready for snow to be gone and to see pink and green again. We have no snow, but it is still colder than normal for late March in north Alabama.

Kara Claflin said...

i just love those old bottles! I think you have thought of a perfect use for them.

Terri D. said...

Hmmmm. BlogLovin would not take me to your comment page. I had to use Google Reader to get here! What's up with that, I wonder?

I love when old found objects can be re-purposed!! Those bottles were a great find....the yellow bedpan, maybe not so much!! LOL

Julia Forshee said...

This is special. My grandpa was a dairy farmer and his original milk house was just torn down last year to make way for the new equipment shed. They only had two stalls :) My how things have changed. I know our readers would love this, too. We have a weekly link up party going on now (Thursdays), and we would love to see this post and/or any others you would like to share at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you soon!

Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly said...

Those bottle are beautiful! Love them!

Donna Wilkes said...

I have never seen milk sample bottles before - they are delightful and appear to be very useful!

Debra @ Homespun said...

I am cracking up! Ok so down the line we probably would all love to see the bedpan. You can fancy it up with a plant or something, loL!

Claudia said...

Judy, I've never seen milk sampling bottles before. How neat they are! My husband has brought a thing or two home that has been 'questionable.' I understand!

Thanks so much for joining in this week!

xo
Claudia

Patty said...

I think it's cool that your hubby brings old stuff home. Love the milk bottles. Glad you found a good way to use them!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

My husband sometimes bring things home he finds on the side of the road. I've gotten a couple of really nice baskets that way. Amazing what some folks will throw away. It's great that those milk bottles are now being put to very good use again. Sending warm wishes for a wonderful weekend. Tammy

AshTreeCottage said...

Those are wonderful bottles! Happy Easter to you.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Babajeza said...

Lovely bottles and obviousely still very usefull. Happy Easter. Regula

Mary said...

Bet they are worth a few bucks - love old bottles! Glad you are making good use of them. I feel for you regarding the mustard bedpan!!!!

Happy day - Mary

~ Liz ~ said...

Those old bottles have such character and I enjoyed seeing the old images to go with them. Bedpans and milk bottles. What a combination!
Liz

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

These bottles are fantastic! What a lucky gal - it must be nice to have your husband bring things that can be used - and at times not - that's quite thoughtful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Katy

Ladies Holiday said...

Those are great! Thanks for sharing on Ladies Holiday. We hope to have you back next week.

Lisa Lynn said...

Love the vintage bottles! Great idea and great story!
Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you again today!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/wildcrafting-wednesday-14.html

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

What a GREAT POST!!!! thanks for sharing! : ) hugs...

Doreen said...

Wow - those vintage milk collecting bottles are absolutely beautiful. I'm visiting your lovely blog from The Cottage Market. And now your newest follower. Would love for you to visit me at http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com and say hello.
Doreen

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