Donnell Milk Co. Porcelain Sign, St. Louis, MO

This is a nice porcelain sign from the Donnell Milk Company, based in St. Louis, MO.   Circa 1930. The Donnell Milk Company was incorporated in 1915 for $15,000.00 by Jessie F. Donnell, E. J. Donnell, and P. J. Breckenridge.   The company remained in business well into the 1930’s or early 1940’s based on the style of their embossed milk bottles which can be still found today.  The plant was located at 816-818 South Taylor Avenue near the present day Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the city of St. Louis, MO.   Unfortunately their factory building was torn down around 2005 to make way for some new housing.  This sign denotes it was hung at a “Branch” of their dairy, meaning the local dairy farmers could sell their milk at that particular location or branch.   The milk was then was then shipped back to their modern plant in the city for further processing.