A new digital collection is available from the West Chester University Special Collections. The collection currently includes 10 digitized postcards depicting the Sharples Tubular Cream Separator, and additional digitized items are expected to be added in the future.
And what, you may ask is a cream separator? It was a device used to separate the butter fat from fresh milk, speeding up a time-consuming process for farm families. The Sharples Cream Separator company, based in West Chester, manufactured these devices from the 1890s into the 1930s and played a major role in the area's economy. The company advertised their products through a variety of media, including postcards. The cards depict rosy-cheeked children, bucolic landscapes (doubtless based on the Chester County countryside!), and well-groomed cows. Click here to check out the full collection. We'd love to hear your comments!