These are a series of ads for Arnold Bottle Chest Coolers. These were manufactured by G. J. Arnold Bottlers’ Supplies Co. in the late 1930s and early 1940s. They must be quite rare, as I was only able to locate one source that even knew about the Arnold coolers: in the book titled “Classic Soda Machines, 3rd ed.” by Jeff Walters, and of these coolers shown here, he features the Arnold’s Club House Box and Arnold’s Quick Cooling Chest.
Based on these advertisements, Arnold manufactured a range of soda bottle coolers in metal and wood. The liners were galvanized iron. The Arnold Junior Cooler also had a galvanized iron exterior.
The Club House Box was made with a wooden exterior with a mahogany finish. These were generic chest coolers that storeowners could hammer a tin sign onto featuring a particular soda brand.
This Quick Cooling Chest is also wooden and very similar to the Club House Box, except that it could be ordered in 6 different lengths, ranging from 3 feet to 8 feet. It was available with a ground cork insulation.
Pictured here is another Arnold’s Quick Cooling Chest that was being offered by the Frank F. Pasch Co. of Wisconsin. Frank Pasch was a German immigrant that settled in Milwaukee and was involved in several different businesses, one which evidently included the distribution of Arnold cooler chests.
G. J. Arnold Bottlers’ Supplies Co.
1131 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO