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Cow Motif Vendo Milk Machine

October 17th, 2008 · 16 Comments

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1950’s Vendo Milk Machine

The 1950’s Vendo Milk Machine is very rare and highly sought after by collectors. We were lucky enough to find 4 of these at one time. So instead of restoring them all in the traditional blue they originally came in, we decided to have some fun.

As you can see, this particular machine was done in a cow motif with a customized milk sign. As with all of our restorations, this machine was redone both inside and out to make it fully functional.

The Vendo Milk Machine was one of a series of three upright machines put out by Vendo in the mid 50’s. Also available was the Vendo Hot Food Vender. It was very similar to the milk machine but vended small cans of hot food. I believe Vendo did away with it because it was a fire hazard. The last machine of the three was the Vendo Ice Cream Machine. Although all three machines are rare, the ice cream version is the hardest to find. We owned several milk machines and one hot food vendor, but never even saw an ice cream machine.

If you are searching for one of these machines to collect, the one you want is the early, smaller machine from 1950’s. Vendo came out with all kinds of upright milk and ice cream machines later on, but these machines are nowhere near as collectible as the original three. The exception to that is the Vendo Dairy-Vend ice cream vender, a chest style ice cream machine that we will blog about soon.

Parts for these machines are not available so you will need to find a complete machine or a second one you can use for parts. Happy hunting and blog in and let us know how you make out.

58”H x 27”W x 16”D

Tags: Drink Dispensers · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc.

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BARBARA INCORVAIA // Feb 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    MODEL H110F
    SERIAL 901 34395
    ON BRASS TAGS 3871 AND 387B

  • 2 Dave Rhyne // Oct 23, 2009 at 6:21 am


    Do you have an extra display case for the top of a milk machine? Have a complete machine but need the display to finish it off. Thanks for any info.


  • 3 vintagevending // Oct 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm


    Sorry but we don’t have any parts for this machine as we no longer own it. Try eBay or Craig’s List, maybe there is one out there for you. Good luck!

  • 4 Aaron Delph // Jan 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I have a vendo milk vendor like the one above that i will part out let me know what you need. Email me at minron.1@netzero.com

  • 5 james richards // Jun 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm


    Are the spots on the cow motif painted or is it cut vinyl?

    Machine looks great!

  • 6 vintagevending // Jun 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Thanks James!

    It is painted.

  • 7 John Mori // Nov 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I want to buy one.

  • 8 Kevin // Nov 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I have a vendo milk machine .
    Model # DS 80A
    Ser# 707 3996
    VT21 refrig. unit
    Does anyone know what it is worth ?

  • 9 patrick // Nov 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    i have vendo milk machine the model is xdm212 a210 or xdma210. the seal number starts with xdm606. does anyone know anything about this. it looks loike a vendo 216. thanks

  • 10 Joe // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:25 am

    looking to complete my vendo milk machine with the top piece advertising that hold the milk displays. email me at jpm144@hotmail.com


  • 11 Joe // Jul 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I just purchased my final piece of my collection that I have been looking for

    Vendo Milk Machine- purchased and fully restored by Terry Bolton. He is currently putting a new paint job on it. He is an amazing restorer. It’s the actual Milk Machine in Jeff Walters book

    Vendo Ice Cream-purchased it out west and Rick from American Restoration just finished it, can’t wait to go see it

    Vendo Hot Food-the one I have been searching for I finally found and own. It is also the actual machine in Jeff Walters book.

    Ever since I seen the Milk Machine on American Restoration I have been hooked. I’m still very new to collecting and so far these are the only machines I own but in my opinion are the coolest machines out there. I do own a extra working milk machine that doesn’t have a display I will sell

  • 12 faez arope shamsuddin // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    what price machine?

  • 13 vintagevending // Sep 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    These machines are not for sale. They are here for discussion purposes.

  • 14 RICHARD JOHNSON // Oct 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm


  • 15 jeff // Nov 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Looking to buy a vendo milk machine if anyone has one for sale, don’t care much about condition as long as it’s complete, actually will still buy it if only the top display is missing ! Email me at rooted96@msn.com

  • 16 Wayne // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I have a Vendo milk machine model #xdm 210a. Very nice. Does anyone have any info on it? Thanks for any help. It shares parts with a Vendo 144.

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