National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Toy Milk Wagon Toy Milk Wagon
Rendered by Henry Granet (artist), c. 1937
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 45.9 x 29.3 cm (18 1/16 x 11 9/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 11" high; 18" long
Index of American Design
1943.8.17307
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From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
Object 13 of 26

This milk wagon is made from a combination of materials: the horse and figure are plaster, the wagon is wood, and the large milk cans and dipper are tin. The wagon dates from 1870. Before that time, milk was delivered from house to house by farm wagons. The Lake Wagon Company built the first vehicle to be used exclusively for milk delivery in New York City. This type of wagon then remained in general use until it was replaced by the closed wagon. Milk was dipped from the large cans into pitchers brought to the driver by housewives.

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