Sunday Adverts: Polk’s Milk

Written by on June 1, 2014 in Sunday Ads - 7 Comments
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Polk's Milk

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Business: Polk’s Milk
Year of this Advertisement: pre-1950
Address: 1100 E. 15th St.
Neighborhood: Downtown
What they did: Milk production and delivery
Years of operation: 1872-1950’s
Notable: Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery once worked at Polk’s Milk
Additionally: Do you remember receiving milk delivery from Polk’s Milk?

To learn more about Polk’s Milk, read last year’s Indianapolis Then and Now: Polk Sanitary Milk Company, 1100 E. 15th Street.
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Jessica Ballard-Barnett is a lawyer by day, and an amateur historian by night. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, she has a passion for old houses with velvet wallpaper, graveyards with ominous markers, and religious relics.

7 Comments on "Sunday Adverts: Polk’s Milk"

  1. Diane Roberts Joslin June 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Reply

    I remember the milk deliveries! We didn’t get our’s from Polk’s – I think it was Borden’s. It was delivered to an insulated metal box on our front porch – I remember asking my parents why we didn’t get Roberts’ milk (since that was our last name! They were glass bottles and for some reason the bottles were brown glass. That milk always tasted soured to me & to this day I’m not a big fan of drinking milk.

    • Tiffany Benedict Berkson June 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm · Reply

      What a great story! Thanks for sharing! I have a great-uncle who delivered milk for Borden’s here in Indy. 🙂

  2. Kevin J. Brewer June 2, 2014 at 6:31 am · Reply

    I remember getting milk delivered also in an insulated metal box on our front porch. I think that we got Roberts’, but I also remember Polk’s and Borden’s trucks around our neighborhood.

  3. Jack Boyd June 2, 2014 at 10:52 am · Reply

    I can’t remember if it was Polk’s or Borden’s or Robert’s Milk, but I recall some milk company delivering our milk from electric trucks sometime in the early 1940s. What struck me was the driver walking back into his truck, remain standing up, then pressing a vertical lever. With a quiet hum the truck took off at a decent crip, the driver still standing! As a 12-year-old boy, I was enormously impressed at this technology. Apparently somebody (possibly an English firm, which specialized in electric trucks) had solved the battery problem that seems to plague our current auto producers.

    • Kevin J. Brewer June 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Reply

      The gasoline-powered milk trucks in our neighborhood (in the 1950s and 60s) were also stand-up driven.

      It is odd how electric trucks seemed to work well in the 1940s and we still have trouble with electric vehicles today.

  4. Sarah June 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm · Reply

    My grandfather delivered milk for Polk, first in a horse drawn wagon and then by regular milk truck, eventually retiring from there….and my Grandmother worked in the office.. I also had two Uncles who delivered milk for Polk.

  5. James Evans March 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm · Reply

    Wow, once again I have a glass Polk’s Milk bottle, it was on 15th street, but for some reason what I remember more then Polk’s Milk was the Omar Bakery, I think, in the same building or close just to the east on 16th “Hey Mom, Here comes the Omar man” red and white sedan delivery trucks

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