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The ” Milk Bottle ” …

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I can remember my dad taking us the Milk Bottle many a nights for ice creme when I was young.  It was located where the parking lot across the Pensacola Civic Center is now located.  I think that would be the corner of Davis and Gregory Streets.  I do not remember ever going inside and eating … I can only remember driving up in the car and I believe someone came out and took your order.  And I do not think that they were on roller skates!  Let us hear your memories from the Milk Bottle … thanks for looking.

Written by Frank Hardy

August 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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  1. My Daddy Mike used to bring me to the milk bottle for ice cream 1945-49. We always went inside. But… my first milk shake was at Doggetts Drive In. Thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

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    E.James

    September 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

  2. So cool to see the photo. I worked there as a carhop in the early 60’s

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    Sheila

    July 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    • I can remember going down to the Milk Bottle in the 50’s and 60’s. We never went inside, we always sat in the car, so you might have waited on us at some period of time. I never knew that they had an area inside that you could go sit and eat, or purchase ice creme to take home until I looked at this photo. Thanks for taking the time to comment and please check back … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      July 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

  3. Many, many fun memories of family trips to the Milk Bottle when I was a sprite in the late 50s.

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    Sharon Lewis Smith

    June 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    • I am glad you found my blog and thanks for sharing your comments … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      June 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

  4. I worked at the Milk Bottle (Pensacola Dairy) 1951 – 1953 or so. The Bears (Baers?) owned it.. I hopped curb – would take orders & bring them out & hung trays on car windows.. My first job!! Sharon Poyser Williams

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    Sharon Williams

    April 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    • Greetings … Thanks for the comment. I have some photos on this blog of a girl / lady named ” Poyser ” I believe, standing on a dune or by the water, cannot remember which one right now off the top of my head. If that is you, contact me, and I will give you the negatives … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      April 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

  5. The Pensacola Dairy or “Milk Bottle” was a popular teen hangout in the fifties. I believe the Eskin family owned it. I spent many happy hours both inside and in my car enjoying its treats. Bill Kreitlein

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    Bill Kreitlein

    August 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    • Bill … The name does not ring a bell with me. I thought that the Baer ( not sure of the spelling, please forgive ) family had something to do with the Milk Bottle, but as usual, I am probably wrong. Thanks again … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

      • Frank, I cannot remember why I associated Pensacola Dairy with the Eskin family. But Baer certainly is a well-known name there. What about Baldwin Dairy? Wasn’t it on the west side of town?

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        Bill Kreitlein

        August 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

      • Not sure about Baldwin Dairy, could have been. Thanks … Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        August 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  6. This is my 57 ford convertable with mercury cruser fender skirts, my wife and I worked in town and used to our eat lunch here. If you notice you see my wife looking back at the camera, I had told her she was getting her picture made. I remember the photographer over in a vacant lot with one of those large cameras on a stand taking the photo. I was told a few years back the large original photo is hanging in a lawyers office down town. I have a lot of fond memorys of thet car and dairy.

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    Robert Horton

    August 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    • Thanks … I do not about the original photo in the lawyer’s office, but it would be interesting to find out. Thanks … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  7. Loved the Milk Bottle Tuttie Frutie Ice Cream flavor. Also, there were booths inside with Juke Boxes where you could pay 5 songs for a quarter. Lots of fun for .25!

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    Ann Hall

    August 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    • Thanks Ann … I still have that disc of negatives that I scanned and we talked about. I will find them again and drop them off at your house … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  8. I remember the great milk shakes. I think the first one I ever had was from there. We were from Brewton and a trip to Pensacola was a rare treat. No trip to P’cola was complete until we had gone to the “Milk Bottle” for shakes. We always sat in the booths. (Ca. mid ’50’s.) Broke my heart when they tore it down.

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    Joel Lowery

    August 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    • Joel – Thanks for the comment. I never went inside, we always sat in the car and the girls would bring our ice creme to the car. In fact, I never knew that there was an inside until I looked at this photo closely and saw the front door. I can remember them tearing down the building to make way for the I-110 off-ramp vaguely, but I believe that this was before I started driving in the late 1960’s. I could be wrong on the date, it could have been earlier and I just do not remember the exact date. Thanks for commenting and looking … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  9. 4 kids from Greenwood,Al did go inside, several times, during our first trip to Pensacola, about 1939. That Milk Bottle is a very vivid memory. As I recall, there were booths where we sat and ate our cones. My Mother alluded to a place very near there where the parents would go for “adult” refreshments while us kids ate the icecream. I’ve inquired of many people during subsequent visits but seldom does a person remember. Of course, you do have to have some age on you to recall 1939. Thanks/

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    jo ann wallace

    May 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    • Jo Ann – Thanks for the comment … All that I can remember as a small kid is riding up in a car and a girl coming out and taking our order. Then, 10 or 15 minutes later, out came our ice creme. I can never remember going inside. Thanks for sharing your memories with us and thanks for looking … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      May 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  10. we ate here sometimes after a day at the beach, or some lucky nights went down for ice cream. my grandmother introduced me to buttermilk ice cream, this was one of the few places that had that.
    after it closed (I110) we still had the Tastee Freeze in Gulf Breeze…

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    Bill

    September 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

    • Bill – I remember it being a highlight for a six year old kid. I can never remember going inside and did not even know you could go inside until I looked at this photo. Going to Sonic to get ice creme now days just does not have the same feel as going to the Milk Bottle. Thanks for the comment … Frank

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      FrankHardy

      September 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    • Buttermilk ice cream and the great milkshake made with it! Memories.

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      Bob Ray (@tpabob46)

      September 19, 2014 at 7:44 am

      • I do not remember too many specifics about the Milk Bottle. I must have only been 5 to around 9 before it was closed down … Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        September 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm


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