Remember the milk man? He came to our house in the dark of night/early morning and left whatever had been ordered in the metal milk box by the back door.
Of course, milk came in glass bottles at that time, and he would take the empties and replace them with fresh milk and whatever else was ordered. When we moved “out in the country” it was probably more necessary than ever to have milk delivered, since grocery stores hadn’t yet been built all the way out at 51st and Memorial. I suspect ours came from the Meadow Gold plant that was located at 51st and Garnett.
Dairy farming was abundant around Tulsa and has been for decades. There were 9 dairy plants operating in Tulsa in the late 1940s. This is the Pure White Dairy Company off Highway 64:
Before it was called Meadow Gold, it was called the Oklahoma Dairy Company (for more history on this company, see the comment section)
The Dairy Council was very active in promoting their products. From displays such as this in 1937- (that is a butter sculpture there!)
....to Dairy Princess Parades. This is 6th and Boston, 1961:
Another popular dairy company for many years in Tulsa was Hawks Dairy.
It was headquartered on the northeast corner of 11th and Lewis where products were processed and the truck fleet was located.
When their building was built in 1947-48 it included a retail outlet which, of course, sold ice cream on a cone and was very popular. Hawk’s dairy farm was located in Owasso and their products were sold in grocery stores in the surrounding states. Here is my Mom hawking Hawks (probably for a Sipes ad) in the early 1950s.The company closed in 1961.