Friday, 5 November 2010
The Milk Machine.
I'll bet a lot of us have forgotten about these. As a small child in the late 1970s / early 80s, I would see milk cooling machines in just about every cafe, coffee-house and motorway service station I walked into. They were a staple, along with Duralex 'Picardie' glassware, bendy straws and individually-wrapped sugar cubes.
They are hardly ever seen now, it seems. I will readily admit I was pleased and excited to see such a familiar sight from the past, when I bumped into this one recently at a woollen mill in Trefriw, North Wales. As far as I can tell, it's still in working order, providing a sterling service, keeping milk cold in volume for everyone.
I love the very clear design of the Milk logo; the bright blue, orange and white making a real statement without being austere or unfriendly. It has real personality, much like the 'Gotta Lotta Bottle' designs, also by the Milk Marketing Board.
I don't know who produced these machines; I don't even know what they're officially called, but in their own way they have been an influence on me for many years.
Look out for them! If you see one, take a photo and let me know. I'd love to find out if they're still hiding in dark corners out there.