Advertising on Milk Bottles

Compiled by Alan Edwards

In 1981 an advertising campaign for Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate appeared on Unigate Milk Bottles, this was the beginning of an era which continued through the '80s and on into the '90s. In the year 2000 advertisements still appear on milk bottles, but in a much smaller scale, many of the larger dairies now use very plain embossed bottles. This comprehensive listing of all known Milk Bottles that carried advertising and other slogans totals well over 1,500 examples with subjects ranging from Antiques to the Millennium 2000. In these web pages the memories live on.

When you are ready to see the listings, please click on the yellow section at the bottom of this page, in fact to make life a little easier, there are links to the contents lists at the bottom of all pages.

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The column listings are explained in the following notes : -

It may be a good idea to print these notes for future reference while browsing the listings

First column

ADVERTISEMENT

Details of wording on bottle, showing as much detail as is possible in the space available. Where lower case lettering is used, it is shown for explanatory notes only.

The larger company advertisers, such as Cadbury's, Kelloggs and Nescafe etc' are listed in the order the bottles arrived on the doorstep (To the best of my memory, they were delivered quite a few years ago !)

Second column

COLOURS

The first and last letter of each colour represents the various shades as seen on the bottles.

BE = BLUE

BK = BLACK

BN = BROWN

CM = CREAM

EL = EGGSHELL

GD = GOLD

GN = GREEN

GY = GREY

MN = MAROON

OE = ORANGE

PE = PURPLE

PK = PINK

RD = RED

TE = TURQUOISE

WE = WHITE

YW = YELLOW

L/BE = LIGHT BLUE

D/BE = DARK BLUE ...etc'

Where two shades of the same colour appear they are shown as follows :-

BE.BE. = LIGHT BLUE and DARK BLUE

GN.GN. = LIGHT GREEN and DARK GREEN

Where a ? appears = Information not supplied, details required please.

Third column

TYPE

Denotes the type of Milk Bottle

12 = 12oz "Tall Pint 38mm foil cap" (Where a 40mm cap appears it is shown in lower case lettering as an explanatory note)

15 = 15oz "Tall Pint 44mm foil cap"

P = Pintie

BP = "Birmingham style" Tall Pint

ST = Sterilised Pint

Where a ? appears = Information has not been supplied, details required please.

Fourth column

DAIRIES

Dairies reported to have used Milk Bottles for each entry are shown, and seperated with a "/".

Where a ? appears = Information has not been supplied, details required please.

Fifth column

AD Y/N

Y = The word "ADVERTISEMENT" is printed on the Milk Bottle

N = The word "ADVERTISEMENT" is NOT printed on the Milk Bottle

Where a ? appears = Information has not been supplied, details required please.

Coward Bros (Donhead) Ltd, Shaftesbury

Milk Bottles with Advertisements for HARTS, Sturminster Newton and J.H.ROSE AND SONS, Gillingham.

Hambledon Dairy, Marnhull Milk Bottles also carried these two advertisements.

Please click on the links below to see the Contents lists

Milk Bottles with 1 Advertisement

Milk Bottles with 2 Advertisements A to G | Milk Bottles with 2 Advertisements H to S

Milk Bottles with 2 Advertisements T to Z

Milk Bottles with 3 Advertisements

Milk Bottles promoting various items available from the Milkman

Commemorative Milk Bottles

Educational Milk Bottles

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CONTENTS

Please click on the sections below to see Milk Bottles with One Advertisement

Advertising Advertising | Builders / Home Improvement | Caravans | Charities | Chartered Surveyors

Cleaning Services | Communications | Crafts | Crime Prevention

Drink - Coffee | Drink - Flavoured Milk / Milkshakes | Drink - Fruit Juice | Drink - Milk related

Drink - Mineral Water | Drink - Skimmed Milk | Drink - Soft Drinks | Drink - Tea

Environment | Equestrian | Estate Agents

Farming | Food - Bread | Food - Breakfast Cereals | Food - Butter / Dairy Spreads

Food - Chocolate / Biscuits | Food - Cooking / Meals | Food - Cream | Food - Dairy Products

Food - Eggs | Food - Fish | Food - Ice Cream | Food - Porridge | Food - Potatoes | Food - Soup

Fuel - Electricity | Fuel - Gas | Fuel - Oil | Fuel - Solid | Fuel - Solid / Stone Suppliers / Bulk Haulage

Garden | Glass Milk Bottles | Glazing / Windows / Doors | Hairdressing | Health & Safety | Horoscope

Household Furnishing / Furniture | Humphries - Unigate Milk | Industrial Estates | Insurance

Leisure - Clubs / Hotels / Pubs / Restaurants | Leisure - Tourism | Leisure - Theatre / Arts

National Campaigns - Dairy related | National Campaigns- Union Flag

National Campaigns - Scottish Blue triangle logo | National Campaigns - Northern Ireland

New Homes | Newspapers - Newsagents

Pets | Plant Hire | Radio Stations | Seasonal Greetings

Shops - Babies / Small Children | Shops - Clothes | Shops - Florists | Shops - Food

Shops - Hardware / D.I.Y. / Gardening / Ironmongery

Shops - Home Entertainment / Electrical Goods

Shops - Market | Shops - Shopping Centre | Shops - Superstores / Department Stores

Skip Hire | Solicitors | Sport

Tool Hire / Rentals | Transport - Air | Transport - Bus & Coach | Transport - Car | Transport - Ferries

 Transport - Haulage | Transport - Horse Drawn Carriage | Transport - Railway | Transport - Sea

 Transport - Taxi & Car Hire | Transport - Vehicle Hire / Rental

Please click on the sections below to see the list of Milk Bottles with Two Advertisements

Categories A to G

Antiques & Shops - Household Furnishing | Antiques & Sport

Builders / Home Improvement & Advertising Advertising

Builders / Home Improvement & Garden Centres | Builders / Home Improvement & Transport / Car

Charities & Shops / Leather | Cleaning Services & Shops / Home Entertainment

Environment & National Campaigns (Union Flag) | Estate Agents & Builders / Home Improvement

Estate Agents & Shops / Household Furnishing | Fuel / Gas & Advertising Advertising

Garden Machinery & Garden Centres | Glass Milk Bottles & Drink / Fruit Juice

Glazing / Windows & Transport / Taxi and Minibus Hire

Milk Bottles with Two Advertisements Categories H to S

Hairdressing & Transport / Car | Household Furnishing & Advertising Advertising

Insurance & Advertising Advertising | Newspapers & Environment

Newspapers / Newsagents & Transport / Cars | Pets & Transport / Cars

Shops - Sports / Dancing / Leisurewear & Childrens Clothing

Shops - Home Entertainment / Electrical Goods & Transport / Cars

Shops / Clothing & Transport / Taxi / Vehicle Hire

Shops / Clothing & Transport / Vehicle Hire / Rental | Sport & Advertising Advertising

Sport & Dairy Produce

Milk Bottles with Two Advertisements Categories T to Z

Transport / Car & Advertising Advertising | Transport / Car & Estate Agents

Transport / Car & Fuel / Gas | Transport / Car & Garden Centres

Transport / Car & Glazing | Transport / Car & Pottery

Transport / Car & Shops / Home Entertainment / Electrical Goods

Transport / Coach & Transport / Car | Transport / Haulage & Charities

Transport / Taxi / Car Hire & Advertising Advertising | Woolen Mill & Transport / Haulage / Removals

Please click on the sections below to see the list of Milk Bottles with Three Advertisements

Estate Agents & Builders / Home Improvement & Advertising Advertising

Transport / Cars & Estate Agents & Advertising Advertising

Remote Control Garage Doors & Estate Agents & Advertising Advertising

Please click on the sections below to see the list of Milk Bottles with promoting various items available from the Milkman

 All delivered to your door at competitive prices | Also available

Also available from your Milkman | Ask for | Ask us about | Ask your Dairyman / Roundsman for

Ask your Milkman for | Ask your Roundsman for delivery of

Available to your doorstep from your Milkman

 Delivered to your door | Don't forget to order | Dunford's Dairies for

For a real treat order our | For all your | For regular deliveries of | For your doorstep delivery of

Fresh daily from your local dairy | Have you tried our | Job's Great Eight doorstep delivery service

 Now try our | Order from your Edgar's Dairies Roundsman any of the following

Order from your Roundsman | Other products available from your Milkman

Please ask for deliveries of | Please ask your Milkman / Salesman for fresh

Reminder to order your | Robert Wiseman breakfast delivery service | Try us for

Unigate shopping list | Use your Milkman Don't let him become a thing of the past He can deliver

We also deliver | We also sell | We also supply | We bring to your doorstep

We supply daily | Why not try | Your weekend treat

 Bread | Bread, Eggs, Cream, Chickens, Butter

 Christmas Club / Savings Stamps | Christmas Hampers | Competitions | Cream

Cream, Milk, Eggs, Potatoes, Manx Butter | Cream & Yoghourt

 Drink - Fruit Juice | Drink - Minerals & Soft Drinks | Drink - Tea

 Eggs | Eggs, Cream, Bread, Potatoes, Corona Soft Drinks | Eggs, Dressed Poultry | Ice Cream

Potatoes | Strawberries & Cream | Yoghurt

Please click on the sections below to see the list of Commemorative Milk Bottles

 Milk Bottle Conventions | Milk Bottle Exhibition

 British Stockbrokers visit to U.S. subsidiaries of Unigate | Chateau Hollywood presentation

Dairy Opening | Jim'll fix it | Millennium | N.D.A. Conference Blackpool | N.F.C.D.M.A.Conference

Overbury School Classroom Opening / Maypole Dancing | Retirement | 21st Birthday

25th Anniversary | 35 Years service | 50 Years service | 60 Years service

70 Years of Rockware Glass / 40th Anniversary of N.F.C.D.M.A Conference

75 Years service | 100 Years service | 200 Years service | Cork 800

Please click on the sections below to see the list of Educational Milk Bottles

 British Dairy Cattle | Farming Facts

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