This is a half pint milk bottle which was handed out to school children of New Zealand for 30 years, every weekday, from 1937. Crates of bottles were carried into the classroom by official milk monitors, who were also responsible for collecting up the empties after the session. School milk bottles in the 1950s had cardboard tops which had a small hole for the straw. Originally introduced to help children who had become undernourished during the depression, the scheme continued through World War Two and beyond until 1967.
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