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Milk-bottle collar, World War II

Milk-bottle collar, World War II
NMAH Political History Collection

This cardboard bottle collar, decorated with a stylized flag, urged Americans to “help win the war” by recycling their glass milk bottles. As the nation’s industries shifted to war production, many consumer items became scarce commodities. Rationing and recycling became a patriotic duty, a way for every American to pitch in and support the war effort.


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