This 1950s picnic cooler was manufactured by the Progress Refrigerator Company of Louisville, Kentucky. It was produced for the Grapette Company, makers of Grapette Grape soda in Camden, Arkansas. Grapette Soda was first created in 1939 and is still being made today.
This picnic cooler has an enameled steel exterior and a galvanized liner. It would have had a sandwich tray originally, but it’s had to find one of these with the tray. Progress also manufactured the A1 cooler for the makers of Squirt, Canada Dry, Royal Crown, 7 Up, Dr. Pepper and Barq’s. The cooler has two handles that lock together for carrying and a bottle opener mounted on the side. A drainage spout is positioned on the front to drain off the water after the ice has melted. This cooler could hold up to 24 bottles, in addition to storing food on the sandwich tray above.
Dimensions: 19”L x 13”W x 19”H
Weight: 33 lbs.
Produced: Late 1940s to 1950s
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