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Early Vendo Soda Chest Vending Machine

October 20th, 2009 · 9 Comments

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Cleo Cola Vendo Soda Machine

Vendo was founded in 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri. Their initial product line consisted of chest coolers, but after WWII they became known for their upright vending machines, which were made exclusively for the Coca-Cola Company. This chest cooler is one of the earliest—if not one of the first chest coolers made by Vendo.

This cooler is embossed for Cleo Cola, a soft drink that was introduced in 1935 by the Whistle soda company. Cleo Cola was named after the cigar favored by the company’s owner (presumably Antonio y Cleopatra cigars, manufactured since 1879). Advertising for the soda featured Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, which may explain the use of what then was considered an “oriental” typeface.

Artist Drawing Vendo Cooler

In addition to the photo of the Cleo Cola chest cooler, there are also photos of artist renditions of the Vendo chest and an additional cooler embossed with the Coca-Cola logo, in what appears to be an office. Perhaps this gentleman is a Vendo Company executive. In this last picture, it is possible to see the top of the machine with the rotating vending mechanism. This chest cooler represents an early version of the soda vending machines that Vendo continued to develop and became famous for.

Vendo Executive with Soda Chests

Manufactured by:

The Vendo Company
Kansas City, Missouri

Tags: Soda Coolers · Soda Vending Machines · Vendo

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dinah Bingham // Nov 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I have a coke cola soda chest, model #cm-20D,
    serial # 205985. Can you please tell me what year this was manufactured and any additional information you have on it?
    Thanks for your assistance!

  • 2 vintagevending // Nov 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm


    Do you know the manufacturer? That may help you find more information. Can anyone else help out with this? Please comment.

  • 3 wayne // Mar 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I have a coke vending machine the tag says that it is a Westinghouse. It looks like the VENDO 139.
    Any clue as to where I can get parts for this one?

  • 4 vintagevending // Mar 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm


    You can get parts for the Westinghouse at fun-tronicsllc.com.

  • 5 terry brown // Jun 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    i am looking for info on a cavalier chest cooler cm20d i would like to know what year these were manufactured and if there is any info on the size of the compressor. Mine is just hollow underneath, there is nothing there except a power cord going to it thanks alot.

  • 6 vintagevending // Jun 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm


    Try http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com. They have many parts for different types of machines, and they have manuals too.

  • 7 Kevin // Oct 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I have a Cavalier Coke chest, air-cooled. Late 40s. Where can I get the rubber seals for the lids and also the stainless top?

  • 8 Melissa // Jun 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I have an Electric Chest-style Coke machine by The Vendo Co. Model #A23B6 K. It still works but I was wondering when it was made & how much it’s worth. Can anyone help me?

  • 9 Melissa // Jun 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I have a Coke machine made by the Cavalier Corp. Chattanooga, TN. Model #CSS-8-64. It’s in great condition. I was wondering when it was made & how much it’s worth. I have 2 of these machines that someone is interested in buying but no clue of their worth.

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