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New display at Greenfield Historical Society does a body good?

  • Brad Blodget with one of his milk bottles at the Greenfield Historical Society on Sept. 3, 2017. Courtesy photo—

  • Part of the display set up at the Greenfield Historical Society called Remembering and Collecting Milk Bottles on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.  Courtesy photo—

  • A sampling of milk containers in a display case at the Greenfield Historical Society Courtesy photo—

  • A case of milk items on display at the Greenfield Historical Society’s Remembering and Collecting Milk Bottles on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Below, Brad Blodget with one of his milk bottles. Courtesy photo


Thursday, September 28, 2017

A man from Massachusetts who has a collection of about 3,400 old milk bottles gave a presentation at an event called Remembering and Collecting Milk Bottles at the Greenfield Historical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Brad Blodget took participants through the history of the milk bottle. The display included pieces from Blodget’s and GHS President Lenny Cornwell’s collections.

“He talked about the labeling of the bottles and the different shapes,” Cornwell said after the presentation.

Cornwell said most of the bottles on display at the society are from outside of the town. There are some from towns named Greenfield in other states, but only one that he knows of that is from a local Greenfield farm.

Cornwell said he grew up on a farm off of Slip Road on Cornwell Road (named after his family) that milked cows. He said some of the milk produced on their farm was bottled up and sold to local people, but the majority of it was sold wholesale at markets.

He said the milk bottle display will be open to the public through this weekend from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cornwell said appointments can also be made by calling: 547-2198.