Collector revives milking machines, milk scales and other dairy items
At front, a DeLaval milker, completely restored to a gleaming finish. At back, left to right: A Calf Way, BLK, and another DeLaval.
Made in Chicago: The Surge Pine Tree milking machine
Joe Pedro, flanked by an Eveready milker on the left and a 1929 Chore Boy Model #2. Actively collecting for the past 12 years, Joe's a good source of advice for the novice dairy collector. "Don't turn nothing down," he said. And if a piece is less than complete when purchased, "You're going to have to look hard to find parts."
Although dairy items are not easy to come by in California, the state boasts a heap of collectors. Shown here: 1923 Model T decked out for DeLaval, and a selection of milking machines, all from the collection of George Mendoza, Lindsay, Calif.