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    Default Harbison's Dairies aerial shot

    Just came across this aerial photo from 1939. I didn't know Harbison's had another plant right across the street from North Catholic. Initially, I thought this was the building in Kensington but some research pointed out that they had other plants around the city with the milk-bottle water tower too.

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    Anyone know if the one in Kensington is abandoned? maybe someday the building will be condos once the gentry creeps up and the bottle will get restored.
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    I think that area is now occupied by a 7-11,taco bell, mcdonalds and a gas station.

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    Kens. & huntingpark aves.

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    If you google Coral & Abigail Streets and use street view it shows a produce company using the building in kensington and this blog from 4 yrs ago has a short story about it Harbison Dairy Milk Bottle - Philadelphia, PA : citynoise.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeolney View Post
    Just came across this aerial photo from 1939. I didn't know Harbison's had another plant right across the street from North Catholic. Initially, I thought this was the building in Kensington but some research pointed out that they had other plants around the city with the milk-bottle water tower too.

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    Anyone know if the one in Kensington is abandoned? maybe someday the building will be condos once the gentry creeps up and the bottle will get restored.
    The students & the school across the street were "abandoned".

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    The Kensington location is in a complex of buildings between Amber and Coral.

    One side (Amber) is live work space that was just built out maybe 2 years ago. Middle dry storage and far side (Coral) is refrigerated storage for Cousins supermarkets.

    I have a rental across the street and have looked at the milk bottle from the roof through a scope, it looks pretty solid still.
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    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! I thought their antenna was shot thru with a gun! :O I came in here to find out what the story was.

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    Thanks for the photos! I actually acquired a couple old milk bottles from Harbison's a few months ago and was wondering more about the company!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ras View Post
    I think that area is now occupied by a 7-11,taco bell, mcdonalds and a gas station.
    And a dozen or so hookers

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    Ah yes the milk bottle tower in better days.

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    nice find zark
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    Does anyone know when the bottle was taken down.
    I think I remember it occurring when I was attending North, so I'd guess somewhere around 1981-82?

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    its still there, see the link on post 3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guv View Post
    Does anyone know when the bottle was taken down.
    I think I remember it occurring when I was attending North, so I'd guess somewhere around 1981-82?
    I believe You may be refering to the one that was at Erie and Torrisdale ave. There were two that I know, One at Erie and Torresdale Aves , and one at Coral and Dreer sts. the one at Coral and Dreer st. is still up there, just rusty. Now the photo at this linkCONTENTdm Collection : Item Viewer does not say which one the photo is of, but I beleive it to be the Coral and Dreer st site.

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    Thanks for the info guys. I found this old advertisement showing the plants in the area. Looks like the one near North, which I assume to be the Torresdale plant, doesn't have it's bottle yet?

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