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Hancock Progress A1 Cooler

May 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments

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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.

1950s Progress A1 Cooler

This picnic cooler has an enameled steel exterior as well as a galvanized liner. On the interior there would have been a sandwich tray but it’s had to find a cooler today with the original tray. There are two handles on the cooler (one on the lid, one on the sides) that lock together for carrying. There’s also a convenient bottle opener mounted on the side, as well as a cap catcher on the cart. This cooler holds up to 32 bottles, as well as room for storing food above the bottles on the sandwich tray. This design was great, since it would keep the sandwiches above the bottles and ice, so the food could stay cool, but dry. There is also additional space on the rack below for uncooled bottle storage or empties.

Hancock Soda Bottle Picnic Cooler

Hancock Oil Progress Cooler

Dimensions: 19”L x 13”W x 19”H
Weight: 33 lbs.
Produced: Late 1940s to early 1950s

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Coolers · Gas & Oil Companies · Gas Pumps & Station Items · Picnic Coolers · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc.

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Jul 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I am restoring a 1926 8′ tall gas pump and I am trying to get the colors correct. The existing decal is in poor condition, but it looks more orange than red and it says it has Ethenol added. Can you tell me what color the orange color would be?
    Thanks,
    John

  • 2 John // Jul 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Any news to what the color shades would be?
    Thanks,
    John

  • 3 John Schaefer // Dec 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Hi, I just bought a 1950’s upright two door cooler model # CM 10 D, I cannot find any information on this cooler. Could anyone help me. Thanks.

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