50’s Home Deliveries

The milkmen who delivered milk in glass bottles to the homes during the 50's.

One of my memories of the 50’s is the milkman who used to bring milk to our house. I can remember the milkman having a four number phone number on the side of his truck. I can remember the cream at the top of the milk bottles. Today door to door delivery is almost non-existent as far as I know. It was nice to have fresh milk delivered to the door back then and I still can remember the last name of the milkman who worked for the Blue Ribbon Dairy in Alexandria, Louisiana  a company which no longer exists.

Ice was delivered door to door in the 50's in ice trucks.
Grocery stores featured door to door delivery in the 50's and groceries are being delivered by groceries that take orders from customers on the internet.

It was common to have groceries delivered to the door of homeowners in the 50’s but 50 years later internet grocery stores are offering delivery of groceries to homes.

Netgrocer is one of the groceries delivering to homes today to online customers:


There may be very few if any milkmen still delivering milk door to door today and there is no need for icemen to deliver ice to homes with the electric refrigerators of today. Still grocers are once again delivering groceries to homes again after taking orders on the internet.

Ice cream trucks playing music used to cruise through neighborhoods in the 50's but they still are still selling ice cream to kids and adults 50 years later.

There was nothing like an ice cream treat on a hot summer day. It was always a special treat when mom and dad would let us buy ice cream from the ice cream vendor who drove through our neighborhood.

My sister drove an ice cream truck when living in Houston.

The ice cream man hasn’t driven through our neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee lately with our temperatures not above freezing for several days in a row.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

18 thoughts on “50’s Home Deliveries”

  1. Our neighbor used to have her milk delivered. She has since left us. That was more than 35 years ago and I think that was the last milk delivery truck I have seen.

    1. My uncle…C.R. Wilson..owned Blue Ribbon Dairys in Alexandria, LA in the 50s and 60s…looking for info on the company.

      R.l. Darling

      1. Couldn’t find any info on Blue Ribbon Dairy in Alexandria. We were customers on a Blue Ribbon Dairy route and looked forward to each delivery, to our house in Pineville.

      2. My dad, as a teenager in the early years of World War II, worked at the Blu Ribbon Dairy in Alexandria LA. His father was a colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard, and the Guard soldiers were stationed for some months in Alexandria before their unit was sent to Australia and New Guinea. My dad then went home to Wisconsin and off to college for a bit before joining the Army. He told two stories about his time at the Dairy. One: that the pronunciation to his Wisconsin ears sounded more like “Diary.” Two: He was commanded to “come over here and sweep up this ‘DEE-briss.'” He always thought that it was funny, in Louisiana, that the supervisor didn’t pronounce “debris” the usual French way (duh-BREE). Perhaps he was a French speaker overcorrecting when speaking English.

      3. Sheila, Thank you for sharing about your father working at Blu Ribbon Dairy in Alexandria, Louisiana.

        Blu Ribbon Dairy delivered to our house for many years.

        Enjoyed your mention of the word debris being pronounced Dee-briss. The e was left off of the Blu Ribbon Dairies in Alexandria. Noticed that I spelled it with an E in the blog, so I am to blame for any misspelling.

        Outsiders have a rough time pronouncing Louisiana names. I heard a radio announcer say Fontenot (fon-ten-not) when it should be pronounced (fon-ten- oh).

      4. By the way, when I did a google search on “Blue Ribbon Dairy Alexandria LA” I found images of a milk bottle and a receipt that someone is/was selling as collectibles.

  2. I was 12 and the noise the bottles woke me, He would take the clean bottles, and leave the new ones. Must have been 6 in the morn.

  3. Been trying to find out who the companies were that delivered milk to your home in the 50’s and 60’s. Specifically, northern VA. The fantastic Internet has no idea!

  4. We have a company here in Ft. Collins, Co. that delivers milk and dairy products to your door-Morning Fresh Dairy

      1. I’m writing a book about those days, back when, and wondered the cost of home delivery of ice blocks. I remember the times but, being a kid, wasn’t privy to the cost. Do you know? I remember the ‘huge” man with the black, wet leather apron with pockets along the lower edge, climbing the 3 flights of stairs to get to our kitchen. This is in San Francisco, early 40s. Thanks. Joe

  5. I am researching grocery delivery for a play I am working on. Does anyone know what kind of container groceries would be delivered in?

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