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Everyday things that no longer exist. Have one?

Marc Williams , Dec 17, 2002; 06:50 a.m.

I ran across this old neg while scanning and archiving. It was taken in London some years ago, and reminded me of when the Milk Man delivered right to the "milk chute". We use to steal dry ice from his truck and do all sorts of dangerous things with it. It would probably be a Federal offence to do that now.

Do you have an image of some common thing that no longer exists?

Hey Allen, do they still deliver milk to the door in England?

M6. (can't remember the lens, 50mm?) Tri-X @ ASA 320


"Three Milk Bottles", London England

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Rav Walia , Dec 17, 2002; 07:38 a.m.

Marc,

You'll have to change your subject heading. Every morning the milkman comes down our street with his milk cart whining.

Very occasionally, we still get a rag and bone man come down with his horse and cart. Next time I hear him coming I'll have to run out and take some pics.

Oleg Shpak , Dec 17, 2002; 08:04 a.m.

Childhood is what does not exist anymore on that picture, as far as I understand.

Terry Rory , Dec 17, 2002; 08:21 a.m.

Many thousands of 'milkmen' still deliver milk in returnable glass bottles everyday to people everywhere in towns and cities here in the UK. Unigate , Co-op and Express dairies to name but few companies. And most of them still use the 3 wheeler rechargeable electric milk 'floats' you would have seen. (They go on forever because they are heavily engineered and have few moving parts to wear out.)

Terry Rory , Dec 17, 2002; 08:23 a.m.

Oh yes, and here in Portsmouth at least, the old boy comes round door to door at least a couple of times a year with his handcart to sharpen knives.

Terry Rory , Dec 17, 2002; 08:24 a.m.

I have yet to see anyone coming around with a horse drawn Fuji Frontier 1 hour lab though :-)

George Bajszar , Dec 17, 2002; 09:09 a.m.

Ambition: to go out and get "everyday things" done.


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Vic . , Dec 17, 2002; 09:11 a.m.

When I was a student in England in 1975 I paid 4p for a pint of milk. Those were the days. In 1978 it cost 16p. I wonder how much it costs today.

While this photograph provides a warm and comfy view of nostalgia, there is a grim reality behind it. The dairy industry is needlessly propped up with price supports, and the consumer ends up paying a high price for the product. The EU is buried under a mountain of butter and cheese that they keep buying from dairy farmers in order to keep prices up. Market forces are not allowed to play out. They keep cheaper US products out.

Photography is a wonderful and powerful medium. People interpret different things from a plain and simple image, often in ways the photographer never imagined.

Thanks for the snap.

Christopher A. Junker , Dec 17, 2002; 09:24 a.m.

The Pittsford Dairy in Pittsford, New York still sells milk in bottles as an option. The dairy buys old bottles from dairys that have gone out of business. Sort of when you used to look on the bottom of a C--e bottle to see where they were made.

Terry Rory , Dec 17, 2002; 09:31 a.m.

So Vikram you would like the UK to be one large US owned Corporate farm? The many thousands of family owned farms clinging on for survival to be finally pushed over the edge by losing all subsidies in favour of "Cheaper US products" just for the sake of your 'market' forces?

Well, I will pay more if it means my local butcher doesnt have to close to make room for another bloody McDonalds and pay more to stop USA inc. bulldozing the contours off our beautiful landscape to install a few more corporate chicken concentration camps for KFC (I prefer to pay more for organic free range chickens and eggs) and I will happily pay more for vegetables to keep the Jolly Green Giant and his mates from killing English produce completely.

We have had enough homogenisation imposed upon us from both Europe and the USA in our food, our laws, our culture, our music, politics etc etc.

Long live subsidies if they help to forstall the awful day when England and the rest of the UK are finally forced to become USA's 'Airstrip One' as George Orwell called it!

Tony Blair has already bent over so far for George W Bush that it's become obscene and I dont think poor Tony can get any more in.

Anyhow the USA has extremely robust protectionism of its own 'markets' from imports so dont lecture until the USA has dropped them.


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