1930 Photo of Soldiers’ Home Dairy Captures Use of Milking Machine

While milking machines have been in common use since the 1920s (with the first practical milking machine developed in the 1890s), I’m guessing that its introduction at the old Soldiers’ Home Dairy might have occurred around 1930 based on the photo below.

Mechanical milking

The  photo was taken at the Soldiers’ Home Dairy on November 20, 1930. The caption states: “Adolph Schneider, dairyman at the United States Soldiers’ Home Dairy, does his daily crossword puzzle while the mechanical maid milks old Bossy. The cow is one of the herd said to be the best Holstein herd in the Country.”

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One Comment on “1930 Photo of Soldiers’ Home Dairy Captures Use of Milking Machine”

  1. Zachary Levine Says:

    Love it! My father remembers going to the dairy with his boys cot troop to learn about milking cows.

    Apparently some of the cows were later sent to Israel during its first years to support th fledgling dairy industry there.


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