enter image description hereHello. I found this aluminum container in a recycling bin. It is about 8 inches tall and 5 inches wide at the bottom.

Someone told me its called a growler and was used to take home beer from a bar, but I don't know if that's accurate.


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    Are you sure it’s for alcohol? Looks like a milk container to me.
    – Eric S
    Jan 15 at 15:08
  • Are you sure it's aluminum? It looks a little rusty just under the lid (but perhaps it's only dirt). Jan 16 at 4:49
  • Definitely aluminum due to the low weight, but the main handle systems to be steel. Aluminum does tarnish, but it looks more whiteish.
    – Walter
    Jan 16 at 10:22

I suspect it is a vintage milk jug if you picture search on Google "vintage aluminum milk jug" you'll get a lot of similar hits. Every growler I've seen has been glass although I'm no expert.

  • I think you hit the nail on the head, Eric. It does indeed look like a milk jug. Absoulutely no odor or residue in it though.
    – Walter
    Jan 15 at 22:33
  • Well, yours is a good looking one and I think they have some value on eBay.
    – Eric S
    Jan 15 at 23:23
  • Old milk cans were much larger though, up to 25 gallons. Newer cans were smaller, but still at least 5 or 10 gallons. See How to Date Old Milk Cans | LoveToKnow. Growlers are typically 64 fluid ounces, which is about the size of the pictured can. Jan 16 at 1:31
  • @RayButterworth I’m not an expert, but I think milk jugs come in various sizes. Never seen a growler look anything like what the OP pictured. Not in a Google image search either.
    – Eric S
    Jan 16 at 2:06
  • @RayButterworth Also, I doubt you’d design a growler with a wide lid since it would make containing the pressure much harder.
    – Eric S
    Jan 17 at 21:43

Does anyone know what this vintage aluminum container was called and used for?

Personally, I believe it to be an old milk jug!

Having milked cows back in the days gone by, I am sure this is a milk jug.

This eBay site demonstrates where I am going.

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