Model of the Vienna Dairy, 1906/1907

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 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
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 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
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 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
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 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
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 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Bild
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Bild
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Bild
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Bild
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Bild
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Bild
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Production Technology
Collection
Food, Beverages and Tobacco
Exhibition
AT WORK
Epoch
1900 - 1909
Incredible! This stunning model on a scale of 1:12 (approx. 5.6 x 1.9 x 1.5 m) was made in 1906/07 by the employees of the Vienna Dairy – as a miniature of their workplace established in 1901.

In its day the Vienna Dairy was regarded as an exemplary operating plant well beyond the borders of Austria itself. It was established in 1901, when a new dairy was built in Vienna’s 2nd District. The Vienna Dairy evolved into an exemplary operating plant, driven by the desire to improve Vienna’s milk supply. It was regarded as a model establishment for the hygienic supply of milk, won numerous diplomas and awards at international exhibitions, and became a stopping point for industry experts from all over the world. And for decades to come, the Vienna Dairy’s retail outlets would be a familiar sight in Vienna’s urban landscape. The dairy itself was finally decommissioned in 1992.

But back to our model. Originally only individual machines and installations were built in model size for demonstration and illustration purposes. These partial models were shown at hygiene exhibitions, where they were awarded a Gold Medal. The partial models were later assembled into a complete model, of which it was said: ‘Self-same is accurate down to the smallest detail; it displays machinery and apparatus in motion; the rooms are equipped with miniature electrical lamps and afford a comfortable view of each individual operating area as well as an overview of the plant as a whole.’ On display throughout the model are the milk delivery, bottle cleaning, filling stations, churn storage area, filtering, centrifugal and refrigerating installations, pasteurisation, children’s milk production, creamery, cheese dairy, laundry storeroom, and machine room.

The model of the Vienna Dairy was incorporated into the inventory of the Technisches Museum Wien in 1913. Built 100 years ago as a practical showpiece, this now unique museum exhibit was completely refurbished in 2008 and restored to its original state as far as possible. On show at the exhibition AT WORK.

Manufacturer: Employees of the Vienna Dairy
Production date: 1906/1907

Inv.Nr. 9297/5

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