This is a vintage TruAde picnic cooler in original, un-restored condition. TruAde was a non-carbonated fruit drink available in orange, grape, grapefruit and chocolate, as well as other flavors. The TruAde company was based in Chicago, Illinois, but the drink was bottled in Washington D.C. Although it was very popular, the drink disappeared about [...]
June 27th, 2011 · 4 Comments
June 20th, 2011 · 10 Comments
This is an Atlas 18 Picnic Cooler that was manufactured for the Royal Crown Company Inc. by the Atlas Tool & Manufacturing Company of Missouri. We restored this cooler some years ago at Vintage Vending. It is embossed with the Royal Crown Cola logo and painted in the Royal Crown colors. This model was manufactured [...]
June 14th, 2011 · 4 Comments
This is a Selmix soda fountain dispenser in its original, unrestored condition. It has a single head, or spout and was made by the Selmix Dispenser Corporation. This dispenser was made in the 1950s and was manufactured shortly after the original “outboard” style Selmix dispensers. Like the outboard model, this one was able to dispense [...]
June 6th, 2011 · 6 Comments
These are a pair of Cavalier 96 soda vending machines. Back when we were in the restoration business, we did a custom restoration of these two vendors for the Texas supermarket chain, HEB. They were doing a drawing to give them away as a marketing promotion.
These machines were manufactured sometime in the late 1950s. The [...]
May 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments
This 1950s picnic cooler was manufactured by the Progress Refrigerator Company of Louisville, Kentucky. It has been restored and painted with the colors and graphics for the Hancock Oil Company of California.
This picnic cooler has an enameled steel exterior as well as a galvanized liner. On the interior there would have been a [...]
May 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments
The Predicta TV’s Space Age looks have made it a design icon of the mid-20th century. This innovative television was made by Philco from 1958 to 1960. The Predicta was available in console, tabletop and cabinet models. The TV’s modern design included a CRT that could both tilt and swivel.
Introduced in 1959, the 17-inch [...]
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