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Monday, June 4, 2012

A very rare TREASURE.....

My daughter, Stacy, gave me this really amazing wooden box
for MOTHER'S DAY.
I have never seen one like it before, in my entire life.
I did a little research on it and was truly amazed at what this box was used for.

Isn't she a BEAUT !!!
O....I am sooo smitten with her.


In early 1891, Dr. Thomas M. Rotch of Boston, MA determined that infant deaths could be greatly reduced by careful prescription feeding.

 He met with Mr. Gustavus A. Gordon, a scientist, and they came up with modified cow's milk in an effort to change a cow's milk to closer resemble human mother's milk.

 Mr. George H. Walker, a Boston businessman, was interested in the project and was the one who supplied the financing. The first laboratory opened in Boston on December 1, 1891.

*** You can read more about this amazing company HERE.








 All the hinges, locks and the handle are made of very heavy metal.

It is just full of personality and charm....
not to mention the AGE of this treasure.

Made before 1929....why....that's
OLDER THAN MOI.......

Sure wish I could have held my age as well as this charming wooden box......
This writing is on the inside of the lid.
 There were several laboratories located across the country.
THIS box belonging to the one in NEW YORK.
 The complete inside is lined with a galvanized metal...
much like what the olden ICE BOXES were lined with.
This metal kept the contents cold when ice was added.
 This lid removes, and the milk was placed inside the metal "box",
then ice was poured all around it....hence the writing on the inside top lid....
In 1929 the Borden Co. purchased Walker-Gordon. 
 I have a feeling these men and women that worked so hard to change the milk of cows
to closer resemble human mothers milk,
never, in their wildest dreams,
...thought  that someday, their awesome and oh, so interesting wooden boxes
would be used and treasured for home decor.
AIN'T  LIFE  GRAND !!
I love it, Stacy....and I love YOU more..
THANK YOU !
XOXO Mom

43 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i really like it! it's in great shape, too. nice, unique gift!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

WOW what a treasure that is!!! I'll have to keep watch for one. NOT that it would be EASY to find. I am also looking for a few of our "Old Milk Boxes"...We all had them on our porches and the milk man delivered our milk in them... THAT is where we always kept an extra key to our door or a note to someone. "It's Under the MILK BOX",hehe!!! I certainly "WISH" I had our own BUT I will be happy with a local one!
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this with us...NOW I HAVE a NEW Item on my LONG LONG List...
Have a fun week,
Big Hugs,
Donna

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What an awesome gift...thanks for sharing it at NTT.

Blessings,
Linda

Linda Chapman said...

You have a very real treasure there! I am going back to finish the story link you gave. These days we are very interested in MILK and MOTHER'S milk. Lots and lots of milk!!

Korrie Bastian said...

What a treasure! I love it!

Kathe said...

Such a special gift! Loved learning the history of it! Thanks so much for sharing at the party this week!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BJ what an awesome gift!! Loved the story that came with it too!

NanaDiana said...

I have never seen anything like it. What an amazing piece and an amazing story! wow- xo Diana

Marydon said...

Love the new header BJ. Magnificent box ... lucky you! I love it!
Hugs,
TTFN ~
Marydon

GIVEAWAY ends 6/5

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

You got a wonderful gift. Not only is it pretty, but you have a wonderful story to share about it to anyone who sees it. That's what I call a great find.

Thanks for letting me know the link for the butter slab on my blog wasn't right. Copy and paste didn't work apparently. I fixed it so if you are still interested in making one you can find the link.

I appreciate you joining Your Cozy Home Party each week!

Irene said...

What a nice gift, it is truly a treasure from a treasure.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a beautiful box with such an amazing history! Looks great on your table, bj!

Kris said...

SO neat!!!!!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

What a sweet box, BJ, and what a sweet daughter..Happy Tuesday..Judy

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

BJ, that is a rare treasure. Thanks for telling us its story too..
Your daughter sure knows how to choose great gifts..

Kathleen Grace said...

What a cool gift! I have never heard of this or seen one fo these before. A sweet one of a kind treasure for a sweet one of a kind lady:>)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a cool box with such an interesting history! Enjoy your new treasure:@)

Beverly said...

You do have yourself quite a treasure there, dear BJ. I enjoyed reading more about it. They definitely would be surprised, but they would smile knowing it now lives with you.

Gina said...

I love it! What a great history it has.

Theresa said...

Looks lovely on your table! I had never heard of such! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Vee said...

Ohhhh, now that is cool. I can see you incorporating it into a bbq at your house. Rootbeers tucked in some ice...that'd be cute. Stacey has you pretty much figured out, I'd say!

Debby said...

What a find. I love the box. I think it looks great where you have it. The history is just an added bonus. Great gift.

Okio B Designs said...

What a great Mother's Day present. Such interesting history - I never knew! Love it!

Jeanine

Audrey said...

Great box bj ... lovely daughter you have. That is the first of that kind that I have ever seen and in such great condition. I love old boxes too.
Blessings,
Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures

Anita said...

Awesome history - love when one can track the history of a piece like that :) Looks great in your home, too! <3

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

That really is a unique slice of history you have there! Very cool!

Now following you too:D
Linsey

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Wonderful! What a marvelous bit of History you have there!

What a super Daughter you have too. To have found and gotten this, for you! :-)


"Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations.
It is not much matter if things do not turn out well."

~Charles Dudley Warner

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a wonderful box~! Love all that history! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Linda

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Screaming here...omg....I would absolutely flip if my kids found me something like that....Amazing!!

PEA said...

I can well imagine how absolutely delighted you were when you received this gorgeous vintage milk box for Mother's Day! It's in such perfect shape and I'm loving all the writing on it, as well as the original hinges and such. I read the rest of the story on their web page and it made me smile to read that it was their company that made "Elsie" the cow so popular:-) It looks perfect on your mantlepiece!! xoxo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I remember those old milk boxes, what a fabulous find. Love it. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful, unique and definitely one of a kind. Looks great, and I love your new header. xo

Sarah said...

This is definitely a treasure. What a thoughtful girl that Stacy is! She knows just what makes her mom's heart sing. Enjoyed reading about the history. We still drink Borden's Milk. Amazing how long that company has been around.

Paloma said...

That's a beautiful box and it's not only a great piece of decoration but also a great starter for interesting and long conversations!!! Great gift!!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love that box! What a great piece of history.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, BJ what an amazing box! Still in such great shape!! A great conversation piece too!

Hugs,
Debbie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a gorgeous box and isn't it fun that you can find out the history of it! What a treasure!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

What an amazing find and an amazing story to go with it!

:)

Linda

Liz - Imageremix said...

Bj, your Stacy is something else to give you such a treasure. How unbelievable the way things used to be made. I love the end of your post where you remark about what the makers of the boxes would think of how we use their practical items. It is amazing what we are drawn to, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by Quirky Vistas. You are so sweet and generous with your praise. Woohoo! I'm going to tell my daughters you called my blog "cool". They will find it hard to believe. Ha! I'm following you now. I don't want to miss any of your coolness either. Believe me, you've got it!
Liz

Blondie's Journal said...

What a very sweet gift...Stacy knows your taste well. Very interesting story behind the olden box, too!

XO,
Jane

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
Your daughter made a great purchase for gifting to you! I love the history behind the box...and it will make a great conversation piece for years to come.
Fondly,
Pat

Debbie said...

I absolutely love it! I love the style of it for decorating,but the back story makes it even better.

Kelly said...

What a great story! That box is full of history isn't it? I love it too. That was quite a find that your daughter found for you!