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1940s Westinghouse Water Cooler

September 4th, 2009 · 25 Comments

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1940s Water Bubbler and Fridge Unit

Westinghouse Water Cooler with Cap Catcher

These photos are of two models of water cooler manufactured by the Westinghouse Electric Company some time in the 1940s. These are not simply water bubblers, like those commonly seen in public places. These models were designed to be used in a different setting, such as an office. They both have a freezer compartment for ice cube trays, as well as a refrigeration compartment to accommodate bottled soft drinks, with enough room to store bag lunches. One model even comes equipped with a bottle cap catcher. The design of these is very practical and machines like these must have appeared in many workplaces across the US.

Produced: 1940s
Manufactured by: Westinghouse Electric Company

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Paul van Nobelen // Feb 3, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Hello,
    I have 2 orange coolers that look like the watercooler with the glass bowl on it here above.
    they are coin-operated and vend a cup.
    they cool en pump juice around the glass bowl.
    the display behind the glass says “coldrink”
    do you know what brand they are, or can you telle me anything about these machines, i cant find anything of these machines on the web.
    i can send photos.
    excuses for poor language.
    you have a very nice site.
    thank you and greetings from The Netherlands

    Paul van Nobelen

  • 2 vintagevending // Feb 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Paul,

    A lot of these machines were made generically, so that they would be able to vend different types of drinks. We don’t know much about them, but we would absolutely love to see some pictures. Please email them to questions@vintagevending.com.

  • 3 Mitchell // Mar 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I have an old GE water cooler Model No 21JLA1A. Thing is, when I called GE to find a part # for the drip tray, they didn’t have any knowledge that this product exists. With extensive exploration, I can’t find ANYTHING on the world wide web. If anyone has ideas for me to investigate, please email me.
    MitchellGuertin@aol.com

  • 4 Randall Mueller // Dec 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I found an old icebox that is missing the name plate and the top ice holder, I want to refinish it but would like to find pictures of OLD ice boxes and parts, Any help would be Appreciated. Thank You.

  • 5 joe // Feb 3, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I have a Westinghouse water drinking cooler from an old executive office, model w-130, very art deco in style and probably from the late 40’s and it works just fine. It’s in great shape or I wouldn’t have lugged the heavy thing home. Looks great in the spare room, but I’m not going to plumb it in. Would anyone be interested? Have pictures.

  • 6 Leslie Ingram // Feb 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Hi, I found a westinghouse water fountain or water cooler, anyway it looks like the water fountains I use to take a drink of water out of when i was in elementary school which was located in our cafeteria. The model of the unit is W4C the measurements H 48″ W 14″ D 14″

  • 7 Leslie Ingram // Feb 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry, can you give the value of the unit as well as the date it was manufactured. Thank you.

  • 8 Dan Patterson // Feb 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I have a Westinghouse that looks very much like the one pictured – but without the storage compartment. My grandfather rescued it probably about 50 yrs ago and had it in his kitchen until he passed away in 1996. I had planned on installing it in my home, but by the time I had the space to do it, the inside tank had rusted. What is the value of such a piece and how restores these?

  • 9 Mark // Mar 1, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hi Joe, I’d be interested in the Westinghouse but hit me up soon if you can because I’m about to buy one locally. Please send me pics or contact me. Thanks.
    Mark
    mark_durbin@hotmail.com

  • 10 Mary // Feb 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I am interested in purchasing an antique water cooler for a theatrical production coming up in a few weeks. If you have one to sell, please email me at MaryGragen@Gmail.com. Thanks.

  • 11 Michael R // Mar 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Joe – do you still have the “Westinghouse water drinking cooler from an old executive office, model w-130″?

    My wife is doing a play and we need to find and vintage water cooler.

    Thanks
    Michael R

  • 12 Mark H // Mar 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    We’re trying to source the black rubber gasket that the water bottle seats into. Ours is cracked and dry, with bits falling into the reservoir. (Westinghouse Model WB-3 ) Any suggestions are welcome.

  • 13 John // Mar 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Hi All,
    We are restoring a glass bottle water cooler exactly like the one above.. If anybody has any parts or would like to sell one for parts please contact us. We can be reached at john@revererestoration.com
    Thanks

  • 14 Kent // Jun 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I would like to purchase an antique water cooler
    either Ebco (oasis) or Westinghouse. My Grandfather started one of the oldest bottled water companies Polar Water. I have an old bottle but need a cooler for it to go on.
    Thanks

  • 15 Jt // Nov 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Hey Kent…Still in the market for an old water cooler? May have a restored 40’s model available. Jtturner1@cox.net

  • 16 Dani // Nov 22, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi,

    I’m interested in purchasing a model like the one above, if anyone still has one for sale. dani@suppersocietyla.com

    Thanks!

  • 17 Dorothy Grigsby // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I have a Westinghouse water cooler model WAO-2.
    It has been in my barbershop since the 1960’s. the cooler still works fine but the water fountain needs repair. Who still repairs these.

  • 18 Tom Wise // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I have an old Westinghouse W4C here at my shop. I don’t know if it works, but I will let it go cheap if you want to pick it up and work on it. I’m in Arden, NC, near Asheville. My email: gengar843@msn.com.

  • 19 Alysia Mackenzie // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Hello. I have a Westinghouse water dispenser that looks like the one seen here, but without the storage part. It is in pretty good shape and has a cup dispenser/holder attached. Anyone interested in buying this? I can send pictures. Please, email at AlysiaMackenzie@yahoo.com

  • 20 sonny underwood // Feb 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I have a General Electric water cooler that looks similar to the Westinghouse that has hot and cold and the refg. Also if anyone has any info I would appreaciate it. Sonny

  • 21 Ryan // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Does anyone out here have a vintage electric water dispenser cooler for sale from the 30’s or 40’s? Looking for the one that holds the 5 gallon glass bottles. Thanks Ryan
    renglade31@hotmail.com

  • 22 vintagevending // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Sonny,
    It may help to look at this site to help you identify your machine:
    http://soda-machines.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=3&Itemid=14
    This website provides photos and additional information for many machines and I hope this helps you out.

  • 23 Chloe Cooper // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hi, there! I’m in the market for a vintage water cooler for my office and am very partial to the Westinghouse model shown above. These have proven to be very hard to track down, so if anyone has any leads, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at cooper@thirdmanrecords.com. All the best, Chloe.

  • 24 John Oliver // Jul 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I bought a Westinghouse water cooler similar to the one in the second picture. It is missing the drip pan. Does anyone know where I can find one?

  • 25 Ryan // Jan 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I am looking for a 1930’s or 1940’s electric water cooler that you can put a bottle on. If anyone can help please contact me. Ryan

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