Polk's Best - The Sunlight Milk Plant

Description (Brief)
Novelty item in the shape of a milk bottle. One side has a color image of the Sunlight Milk plant. The other bears a trademark for Polk's Best. Included are three retractable toothpicks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
after 1893
American Art Works
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 4.5 cm x 2 cm; 1 3/4 in x 13/16 in
place made
United States: Ohio, Coshocton
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

11/8/2013 7:45:16 AM
Joan Hostetler
I've done research on the Polk Sanitary Milk Company and can narrow down the date on this item. The milk bottle building was constructed in 1910 (May 1910 building permit). It stood until 1967. Here is a short article on the building: http://historicindianapolis.com/indianapolis-then-and-now-polk-sanitary-milk-company-1100-e-15th-street/
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