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Filling Milk Bottles, 1920

Industry - Filling Milk Bottles at Creamery
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A11440
Document Description
Filling milk bottles at a creamery, 1920.
What are these men filling the glass bottles with?
Where did they get it?
Do we use glass jars today? Why?
What potential hazards occur with this type of bottling?
Historical Challenges
New York is the nation's third-largest dairy producer. What other states are in the top ten? Graph the top ten by production and make a key.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: A cow on Farmer Brown’s dairy farm can produce 1 pint a day of sellable milk. How many cows would be needed to fill 1 gallon of milk?
English Language Arts: Write a daily schedule for a dairy worker.
Kalman, Bobbie. Hooray for Dairy Farming. Crabtree Publishing Company, November 1997. ISBN: 0865056641
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Farmer Boy. HarperCollins Children's Books, May 1976. ISBN: 0064400034
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Winter on a Farm. HarperCollins Children's Books, September 1997. ISBN: 006440692X
Fowler, Allan. If it Weren't for Farmers. Scholastic Library Publishing, March 1994. ISBN: 0516460099
Gish, Melissa. Dairy Farm. Smart Apple Media, January 2004. ISBN: 1583403256

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Historical Context
New York is the nation's third largest producer of dairy products, and milk is New York's leading agricultural product. Dairy farms can be found all across the state. The dairy industry accounts for one-half of the state's agricultural receipts. In 2004, New York produced 11.7 billion pounds of dairy products, worth $1.95 billion.
Essential Question
How does industrialization change a society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the impact of industrialization on these workers and their local community.