Cream Separators and Dairy Collectibles Group Annual Meeting
Collectors of milking machines and butter churns come together to celebrate dairy items
Johnny Shultz with part of his extensive collection of DeLaval items. Treasures in his collection include window transfers dating to the 1890s, and four early wall calendars in mint condition. Among the four: a rare "Indian" calendar that was given to creamery executives. "They're pretty hard to find," he said.
Jerry and Barb Surbrook mix work and pleasure: they run a dairy operation, and collect almost everything related to the dairy – but specialize in Dazey butter churns.
A vintage device used to cut butter into cubes.
Butch and Dea Allen, St. Joseph, Mo., have a great collection of butter churns and related items. Shown at left is a Coles milkshake maker. The piece dates to the turn of the century. At right: a fountain drink mixer made by the Minneapolis Brass and Iron Manufacturing Co., and patented in March 1890. The unit clamps onto the edge of a counter or table, and the glasses tumble in a circle, like a miniature Ferris wheel.
Kent Gordon made the trek to the annual meeting from eastern Texas. He has an extensive collection of cream separators.