Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows a dairy wagon owned by George S. McCann Farms in Chemung County, New York, circa the late 1800s. Before the days of large supermarkets, families had milk delivered to their doors daily. Through World War II, milkmen and their horse drawn milk wagons were a common sight in towns across the country.
Horse and driver worked together as a team traveling the same routes everyday. Some horses knew the path so well they could be left alone to walk on to the next stop while their drivers disembarked to make a delivery. Gas powered delivery trucks replaced most milk wagons by the 1950s.
Learn more about our region’s agricultural past in Harvest, a new documentary from WSKG premiering November 19th at 8PM.
Photo courtesy The Chemung County Historical Association.