Collection Facts

1308 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1905-1979
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

In 1883, Hervey D. Thatcher patented the “milk protector” – a glass bottle that allowed milk distributors to deliver their goods in individual sealed bottles rather than ladled from an open pail. The Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company (1905-1985) manufactured milk bottles and other food/drink containers. It had plants located in Kane, Pennsylvania; Streator, Illinois; Elmira, New York; Wharton, New Jersey; Tampa, Florida; Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Toledo, Ohio; and Saugus, California. In 1966, it became a division of Rexall Drug and Chemical Company, later called Dart Industries, Inc. In 1985, Thatcher was sold to Diamond-Bathurst. The company went bankrupt in 1987.

Scope of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of bottle design drawings and technical specifications for Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company products from the 1940’s through the 1960’s. It also includes company newsletters from the 1920’s and 1940’s, as well as promotional material and product catalogs from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.