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Carnation Milk
Carnation Milk is the best in the land;
Here I sit with a can in my hand...
No tits to pull, no hay to pitch,
You just punch a hole in the son of a bitch.
Tīngzhuāng Niúnǎi

This version of this folk poem thanks to Garrison Keillor from his book Good Poems, Penguin Books. You will note the version on the ad for Carnation Milk is slightly different. Since canned Carnation Milk has been distributed world-wide, we regret we cannot locate this poem geographically speaking. However, the last can we saw in person was in Hangzhou in 1980.

A Chinese translation is now underway at 北京大學 Beijing Daxue by Professor 奶捻子 Nai Nianzi.

Carnation brand milk products were first produced by the Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company in Kent, Washington, founded by Elbridge Amos Stuart[1] in 1899. The company was renamed Carnation Evaporated Milk Company, and the town of Carnation, Washington, was later named for the Carnation breeding and research farms near the town.

In the 1950s, the Carnation brand achieved widespread exposure as sponsor of the The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show television program. As was permitted during that era, instead of cutting to filmed commercials, Burns, Allen and guests broke the "fourth wall" to describe or begin recipes that used Carnation products during the show. The red and white Carnation label was familiar in many American homes.

With the widespread availability of home refrigeration and fresh milk, the demand for evaporated milk dwindled, and the Carnation brand was acquired by Nestlé as a minor product line in 1985.

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