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1940s Dr. Pepper Picnic Cooler

March 22nd, 2010 · 31 Comments

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1940s Picnic Cooler

This picnic cooler for Dr. Pepper was manufactured, we believe by Progress. It appears to be a rare example, since we’ve been unable to locate any in reference books or online. If you can share anything about this cooler, please add your comments.

The slogan, “Good For Life” appears on the front of the cooler and was used on Dr. Pepper products throughout the 1940s. This picnic cooler has a unique fastening clamp to hold the lid in place. In addition, there is a bottle opener positioned on the side of the cooler, and a drain plug on the front.

Produced: 1940s
Manufactured by: Progress?

Dr Pepper Cooler Unrestored

Dr Pepper Good For Life Cooler

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Coolers · Picnic Coolers · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc.

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel // Apr 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I have one just like that one.it was given to me by a elderly man back in 1990.seems the more we progress the more we leave some of the best things behind.i say this because this cooler keeps ice longer and holds the contents cooler than any other ive had up to date and i think ive tryed most all the big names in camping gear.but un like the one you have here for the right price i would part with mine.ive stoped camping for health reasons and it would be a shame to leave it in a corner to be forgoten so if anyone is interested i can be contacted at changingworld71@yahoo.com.it is complete with its sandwich try and all just like the day it was made.

  • 2 William Shelton // Apr 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    do you buy antique Dr Pepper picnic cooler box? I have one from my parents who are 91 & 88 yrs old.

  • 3 vintagevending // Apr 9, 2010 at 8:52 am


    You should try ebay or Craig’s List, I’m sure your cooler will sell!

  • 4 m80boy // Apr 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hi everyone, if anybody has a nice example of one of these coolers that they would be interested in parting with, please get in touch at matey.boy@sky.com

  • 5 Cheryl // Jun 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I would love to buy one from either of you. My dad is a big Dr. Pepper fan and is making a man room in his shop and this would fit in perfectly to hold his Dr. Pepper. Would you sell it for $120?? I’m on a limited budget but haven’t had any luck finding one of these around. :(

  • 6 RONNIE FOSTER // Sep 14, 2010 at 7:27 am


  • 7 Lonny Harris // Oct 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I am looking to purchase a 1950’s Dr Pepper picnic cooler. If anyone has any for sale please email me. Thanks!

  • 8 ED SCHANDER // Nov 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I got one in green with red logo and zink lining; drain plug and handels intact.

  • 9 Chris // May 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I have been trying to find a good condition one for ages. If anyone has one they are willing to sell please contact me…Chill87@hotmail.com

  • 10 Mike // May 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi looking for a Dr Pepper cooler in the UK anyone help ? mike.marriotte@yahoo.com

  • 11 Mike Logan // Jun 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I have an old green metal Dr. Pepper cooler for sale. If interested contact me at doclogan@centurytel.net

  • 12 cory walker // Jul 8, 2011 at 5:27 am

    looking for a cooler to go on top of my vw patina look would be perfect lemme know if you got one for sale

  • 13 Robin Crouch // Aug 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I am looking for a vintage cooler similar to the one above (Dr. Pepper). Could you help me, thank you

  • 14 David Ashworth // Aug 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Looking to one one like this refurbished or not too bad shape.

  • 15 Dawn Cooper // Sep 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Currently have a green Dr. Pepper Cooler looking to sell, needs some restoration.
    Contact via email if interested

  • 16 Dawn Cooper // Sep 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    email blackwidow47@sbcglobal.net

  • 17 Joy Graves // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I am looking for a vintage Dr. Pepper Picnic Cooler in good condition. Please contact me @SQShopper@aol.com.

  • 18 Miguel De La Cruz // Feb 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I have a green Dr. Pepper picnic cooler in excellent condition, only missing the tray inside. I am willing to sell. Contact me for pictures.

  • 19 Jonathan // May 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Miguel, do you still have the dr pepper cooler for sale?


  • 20 James Hurst // Jun 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Looking for DR PEPPER GREEN PICNIC COOLER restored or good condition Please email or call at 830-225-0370.

  • 21 Tammy Hammonds // Jun 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I have a green cooler looks alot like the Dr Pepper, the sign on the front is missing it has handles that rise to met in the middle and also has another metal box that goes inside. If interested contact via e-mail tammyhammonds88@yahoo.com

  • 22 James // Feb 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I would really like to know the Exact Color of the restored cooler. Paint # etc.,
    Thanks Jim

  • 23 vintagevending // Feb 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    The color used was PPG Automotive Acrylic Paint
    Code: DCC43814

  • 24 Wes // May 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Does anyone have anything like this for sale? Thanks

  • 25 Mike Reid // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, I am looking for a RETRO Dr Pepper 6 Pak Cooler.

    Color Green

    Thank You

  • 26 Sharon // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

    If anyone has a lid for the green Dr Pepper cooler pictured and would like to sell it to me please email. heier.starks@gmail.com
    Thank you!

  • 27 Tony // Jan 18, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I have been lookn’ for one of these coolers !, …

    If anyone has one for sale, I would be very interested…

    My email address is Beaumont67@live.com

  • 28 DAVID HUDNALL // Mar 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I have a 1940’s DR PEPPER COOL R
    36′ LONG, 25″ WIDE. AND 37″ TALL.

  • 29 Gabriel Lomeli // May 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Hello everyone I am interested in buying a Dr Pepper cooler like the ones pictured above. If anyone is still selling one in Good to great condition please contact me. Thank you.

  • 30 Gabriel Lomeli // May 6, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Hello everyone I am interested in buying a Dr Pepper cooler like the ones pictured above. If anyone is still selling one in Good to great condition please contact me. Thank you.

    My email is Sgtlo0331@aol.com

  • 31 Katharina // Jul 10, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I´m looking for one of these coolers, too. If you have one for sale – please let me know: vintageliving@web.de Thank you so much…

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