Pieces of History

Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jar, 1861, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jar, 1861, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Look for the Union Label by Rachel Dworkin, archivistIt’s Labor Day and for many of us, that means a day off for shopping or the last barbeque of summer (unless you work retail, in which case it means frenzied sales).  The first Labor Day parade was organized by the Central Labor Union and Knights of Labor in New York City on May 1, 1882.  It was first celebrated as a national holiday on the first Monday of September in 1887.  Whatever it has become today, it was initially intended to celebrate organized labor and the working class. (READ MORE)

Look for the Union Label by Rachel Dworkin, archivist

It’s Labor Day and for many of us, that means a day off for shopping or the last barbeque of summer (unless you work retail, in which case it means frenzied sales).  The first Labor Day parade was organized by the Central Labor Union and Knights of Labor in New York City on May 1, 1882.  It was first celebrated as a national holiday on the first Monday of September in 1887.  Whatever it has become today, it was initially intended to celebrate organized labor and the working class. (READ MORE)

Plaque from a burned Confederate carriage captured by Union soldiers during the Civil War, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Plaque from a burned Confederate carriage captured by Union soldiers during the Civil War, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Drake’s Bitters bottle, 1861, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Drake’s Bitters bottle, 1861, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Child’s printed cotton dress, c. 1860, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Child’s printed cotton dress, c. 1860, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Slippers worn by a female Quaker preacher, 1860, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Slippers worn by a female Quaker preacher, 1860, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Liqui-cal…the dairy bottle that holds the answer to effective, pleasant weight reduction for you!by Erin Doane, curator
We have a large collection of milk bottles (nearly 100) in the Museum’s collection.  Dairying was big business in Chemung County and many of the bottles were made by Thatcher Glass in Elmira. Back in the spring when we were planning our farming exhibit, I got to look through a lot of these bottles.  One in particular caught my eye.  The text on the brown glass milk bottle read: “Liqui-Cal A New 900 Calorie Food for Weight Control.”  I was intrigued.
Liqui-cal came onto the market in 1960. It was a food in liquid form consisting principally of milk solids, sugar, cocoa, cream and added vitamins and minerals for use in a weight reducing diet.  A quart of Liqui-cal cost 89 cents.  One bottle was a full day’s supply for dieters on a full liquid diet or a two or three day supply for those on a modified diet that included other foods.  It could be found in the dairy case at grocery stores and was also available for home delivery through local dairy routemen.  In 1961, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavored frozen Liqui-cal “ice cream” was introduced for people who wanted a change from the all-liquid diet. (READ MORE)

Liqui-cal…the dairy bottle that holds the answer to effective, pleasant weight reduction for you!
by Erin Doane, curator

We have a large collection of milk bottles (nearly 100) in the Museum’s collection.  Dairying was big business in Chemung County and many of the bottles were made by Thatcher Glass in Elmira. Back in the spring when we were planning our farming exhibit, I got to look through a lot of these bottles.  One in particular caught my eye.  The text on the brown glass milk bottle read: “Liqui-Cal A New 900 Calorie Food for Weight Control.”  I was intrigued.

Liqui-cal came onto the market in 1960. It was a food in liquid form consisting principally of milk solids, sugar, cocoa, cream and added vitamins and minerals for use in a weight reducing diet.  A quart of Liqui-cal cost 89 cents.  One bottle was a full day’s supply for dieters on a full liquid diet or a two or three day supply for those on a modified diet that included other foods.  It could be found in the dairy case at grocery stores and was also available for home delivery through local dairy routemen.  In 1961, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavored frozen Liqui-cal “ice cream” was introduced for people who wanted a change from the all-liquid diet. (READ MORE)

Scalpel from the surgical kit of Drs. Silas and Rachel Gleason, 1858, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Scalpel from the surgical kit of Drs. Silas and Rachel Gleason, 1858, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Crib headboard, c. 1855, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Crib headboard, c. 1855, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Sewing machine, 1850, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society

Sewing machine, 1850, from the collection of the Chemung County Historical Society