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Arnold Soda Bottle Chest Coolers

January 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments

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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.

Arnold Junior Cooler Ad

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.

Vintage Arnold Bottler Supplies Cooler

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.

Cork Lined Cooler

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.

Arnold’s Quick Cooling Chest

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.

Manufactured by:

G. J. Arnold Bottlers’ Supplies Co.
1131 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coolers

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kevin Engelmann // Oct 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Picked up a cooler at a moving sale. I have always wanted one. Trying figure out the maker and time frame that it is from. The one I have resembles the green one in the picture. Has a flipping lid. Green in color. Any info would be greatly appreciated. If u could send an email and I will send a picture. There are no signs of a maker on the chest, just bits and pieces of instructions for the store owner. Thanks much Kevin.

  • 2 Erv Heidbrink // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I have my grandfather’s cooler and it is the Arnold Club House Box model. Growing up in St. Louis I remember it as a focal point at family parties in the 50’s and 60’s. It was fun to dig your arm in the icy water (beer on one end, soda on the other) and grab a beer for your dad, fish for a soda or see who could keep his arm under the longest. After my grandfather died in ‘61 my family inherited it. It still was used at all of our larger family functions but my dad had painted it gray and it was used more as a table than a cooler. I inherited the cooler after my parents passed. The sliding lids were gone and I have replaced them with ash ones, built a solid ash top for multi-use and stripped the paint and refinished, ending with multiple coats of a satin marine varnish. It still has the original G. J. Arnold metal tag and Coca-Cola bottle opener.

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