In the days before milking machines there were many tasks to be performed, even as we can see from this week's prompt a churn being delivered by a man on horseback.
During World War I milk was delivered to your door from churns sometimes carried by women.
|A woman at work - 1917|
(Imperial War Museum collections)
If you look closely you can see the hooves of the horse pulling the cart.
This practice continued between the wars; in our village deliveries were made by Mr Capendale, a local farmer. You had to go out to his cart for milk to be ladled into your own container. My elder brother got into trouble for filling one of his churns with stones when he wasn't looking.
Of course before you could use a churn it had to be cleaned as can be seen at a farm in Norfolk during WWII.
|Steam cleaning a churn - 1944(Imperial War Museum collections)|
Prior to the war in Holland Jewish immigrants were trained to become farmers as you can see on this short video form August 1937..
(Nederlands Instituut voor Beeid en Geluid - CC BY-SA 3.0 NL)
There was no steam cleaning here, just women cleaning milk churns by hand.
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