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Entries from August 2008

Cities Service Oil Company

August 8th, 2008 · 61 Comments

Cities Service “For People Going Places!”
Cities Service Company was started by an oilman, Henry Latham Dougherty, in 1910 to supply gas and electricity to small public utilities. The next three years saw enormous growth, including the purchasing of the Quapaw Gas Company, much of the Barnsdall Properties, and in addition, the Empire Gas Company. In [...]

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Tags: Citgo · Gas & Oil Companies · Manufacturer Histories

Soft Drink and Fountain Dispenser Evolution

August 7th, 2008 · 27 Comments

The Evolution of Soft Drink Dispensing
Recently, while doing descriptions for the soda fountain dispensers in the Retroplanet Museum, I was struck by how little I knew about how these IN-dispensable drinks evolved. Drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi have become such a staple in the American diet that I think many of us take them for [...]

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Tags: Coca-Cola · Pepsi-Cola · Soda Fountain & Dispensers

Identify Mexican Coca-Cola Cooler

August 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Help Us Identify Our Coke Cooler
We have added information in the Retroplanet Museum about our coolers. One of these is a Coca-Cola cooler from Mexico that we know very little about. Take a look and see if you might be able to help identify the name of the manufacturer and the approximate date.

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Tags: Coca-Cola · Soda Coolers

Shell Oil 1941 ArtKraft “Clamshell” Sign Restoration

August 4th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Shell Oil “Clamshell” Sign Restoration: Before and After
There are a lot of collectors who think that signs should never be restored or touched up in any way. Personally, I have never had a problem with it depending on the sign, where it would be used and how bad the condition was. You should be careful, [...]

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Tags: Gas Pumps & Station Items · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Shell Oil

Pepsi-Cola Soda Cooler

August 3rd, 2008 · 44 Comments

1940’s Pepsi-Cola Soda Cooler
This is a brochure for a rare Pepsi-Cola machine made by the Universal Cooler Corporation of Marion, Ohio. They were manufactured from the early to mid-1940’s as an automatic coin-operated vending machine. This electric cooler has a 66-bottle capacity with room for 50-chilled bottles and an additional 16 pre-cooled bottles. The [...]

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Tags: Pepsi-Cola · Soda Coolers

Seeburg Select-O-Matic Jukebox

August 1st, 2008 · 118 Comments

Seeburg M100C Select-O-Matic Jukebox
The Seeburg M100C Jukebox was produced in 1952 and sold for $1050. It could play 100 selections, or both sides of 50 records. Selections were 1 for $.05, 2 for $.10 and 6 for $.25. Features include a 20-button selection system, removable title strip holders and illuminated front pilasters with rotating [...]

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Tags: J. P. Seeburg Company · Jukeboxes

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