In the process of researching New York city in the 1880s I have collected hundreds of small pieces of information that might interest people. I’m going to post one or two whenever it occurs to me. To start:
1879: The first milk bottles appear in Brooklyn, where the Echo Farms Dairy delivers milk in glass bottles instead of measuring it into the pitchers of housewives and serving-maids from barrels carried in milk wagons. Some competitors will soon follow suit. [1. Trager, James The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present. 2010: 191. New York: HarperCollins.]
I’m wondering where the author found this information, but I have resisted the urge to go looking.