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Glascock Countertop Coca-Cola Cooler

August 11th, 2008 · 6 Comments

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Coca-Cola Countertop Cooler

Glascock Countertop Cooler

In 1929 the first officially approved retail cooler for dispensing bottles of Coca-Cola was introduced. It was a Glascock cooler. This particular Glascock countertop cooler was introduced in 1931. This open-top cooler was both the smallest and least expensive cooler made by Glascock. It hit the market priced at $5.95. It held 36 chilled bottles, with no additional storage space. Galvanized metal was used for its sturdy construction. Essentially, it was the same as the Junior model offered in 1930, but without legs. It was designed to sit on a countertop in a retail environment. As with other soft drink coolers of the time, it was based on an honor system, where the customer selected a bottle of Coke and paid the store clerk.

Filling the cooler up with ice chilled the bottles. There was a faucet at the base to drain excess water from the cooler after the ice melted. The cooler is painted a “Moroccan Green” in addition to the standardized red and white. The embossed logos on the cooler sides were panels that could be pulled out and changed. Glascock coolers are considered the “Grandfathers” of all Coca-Cola vending machines that were to follow. This particular Glascock cooler is rare and very desirable to collectors.
For more photos of our restored Glascock cooler, visit the Retroplanet Museum and look under “Chest Coolers”.

Dimensions: 14” high x 18” wide x 26” deep

Capacity: 36 bottles plus 20 lbs. of ice

Manufactured by:

Glascock Bros. Manufacturing Co.

Muncie, Indiana

Tags: Coca-Cola · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Coolers

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jeff maz // Jan 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Do you have any of these available? If not how much should I expect to pay for one? thanks,
    Jeff

  • 2 don gilmore // Mar 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I have an honor system cooler that has a nickel slot in the side where you just deposit coin and get a coke by lifting a art deco lid…holds about 12 bottles and has a change holder inside the box…..very heavy

  • 3 nicole // Jan 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

    We have one of these. How much is it worth?

  • 4 danny dutton // Aug 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I have an original tabletop glascock cooler for sale

  • 5 gary estep // Dec 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    need side panels

  • 6 Brad Cross // May 25, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I am currently restoring a Glascock Counter Cooler with original side panels, spigot, bottom, opener and hinges. The only replaced part is lid handle. Using 90% of original nails and screws. Quite the cooler, this Glascock is definitely the Grandfather of Coke Coolers.

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