Here’s a wonderful portrait of a milk-delivery vehicle, from New Orleans, c. 1910.

Luckily for us, a descendant of that very milkman posted this comment on the photo at the Shorpy website:

“This was a milk cart that belonged to my great-great-grandfather, Adam Schoendorf. I was delighted to see this, as I had only seen a few photos of it from the back, taken by his daughter Marie. (Those photos were probably lost after Katrina and the levee failure.) Adam Schoendorf owned Hunter’s Dairy in New Orleans, located at the corner of Havana and Ne Plus Ultra streets. Ne Plus Ultra is now Lafreniere Street.

“A more well-known photo of a different, larger Schoendorf vehicle can be seen here. This wagon is harnessed to a horse named Billy – ‘the ugliest horse my papa owed, but the smartest’ according to Aunt Marie. Billy’s harness features medallions with the initials ‘A.S.’ The original [photo] is in the Library of Congress, and appears in many books about New Orleans.”