I do still buy my milk in cartons, rather than the plastic bottles. I usually have three kinds of milk in the refrigerator: soy milk, nonfat milk and 1% milk. The house we live in (where my husband grew up) still has the little door where bottled milk and other dairy products would be left by the milk man! We Gold Country Girls lived "out in the country", and I don't remember ever having milk delivered. But we did used to buy milk straight from the cow from our friends the Mosbacher family. When we lived near them, Lori and I remember carrying home the gallon jars - we didn't want the cream at the top to get mixed in with the milk- but usually it did. We could skim it off and make whipped cream, if we were so inclined. I must confess that I AM old enough to remember when milk cartons were waxed. See the top with the flip-up spout on the smaller cartons, below? I think I even remember when some cartons had that kind of opening.
Yes, I'm old. (The picture below is from a Kellogg's ad. Since they show it as sort of a bank - may I just say that I WISH I had a milk carton full of quarters! I'd use them all to shop at the thrift stores!)
Sturdy milk cartons could be used to craft with. We made canisters out of them years ago, and covered them with papier mache - wish I had a picture of one of those!
Pure-Pak - "Your personal milk container"
Maybe the wax-coated cartons were bad for some reason? I don't recall - but it was considered a big-enough deal when they no longer had it that Pure-Pak advertised about it a LOT in the magazines:
And I DO remember these candles that people used to make, too!
Since I do still have cartons in the fridge, I am rather fond of my Handi-Holders. If I recall correctly, all of them were here in the house when we moved in. I left the original label on the tan-colored one, because I like the yellow ones best, and use them daily.
They are indeed handy, and they make it easier for my (old) little hands to pour out my milk!