In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia, daughter of the god of medicine, was the goddess of health, cleanliness, and hygiene.
Outrageously good name for a nursing bottle, isn’t it?
What conscientious mother
wouldn’t use it?
(Spoiler alert ~ I was a Hygeia baby. And no, we did not have servants.)
Manufactured in Buffalo, the glass bottles sold for $.35 ($.29 on sale) in 1949.
They were invented by a physician to protect his own baby from the dangerous bacteria (and the looming likelihood of death) lurking in the imperfectly-washed narrow-necked ones.
The ad states another unflinching truth: Hygeia bottles are used by hundreds of thousands of intelligently-cared for infants.
Hmm, I wonder if my mother was at all influenced by that. What do you think?
This and other vintage baby frippery is for sale at Some Bit Of Stuff.