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Icy-O Coca-Cola Vendors

November 26th, 2008 · 12 Comments

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The 1920’s Icy-O Coca-Cola Vendors

Following the first efforts at bottling Coca-Cola in 1894, the Coca-Cola Company decided they needed a way to display and sell cold bottles of Coke. Originally, the solution was a wooden barrel sawed in half and filled with ice. A sign was usually attached to the front of the barrel. This tub-style Icy-O vendor was the first of the Coca-Cola Company’s improvements to the more crude former method. In this vendor, the bottles were displayed beneath a clear door. A crank of the handle would allow the customer to see and select a bottle. The door in the front of the vendor was for the empty bottles.

If the merchant did not have enough floor space for the tub vendor, the Coca-Cola Company’s solution was the Icy-O countertop model. Ice was placed inside to keep the soft drinks cold. This is a self-service cooler that was made of metal, but finished to look like wood.

Manufactured by:
The Icy-O Company, Inc.
Peachtree St. and Clement Ave.
Charlotte, NC

Both the tub and countertop models are very rare. Do you happen to be lucky enough to have one? Send us an email and let us know.

Tags: Coca-Cola · Coca-Cola Advertising · Other Vending Machines · Soda Coolers · Soda Vending Machines · The Icy-O Company

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gene Hinson // Jul 22, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I have a utensil, it has a wooden handle and it looks like a miniature 4 pronged pitchfork. It is about 8 inches long. It has the name Icy o on the side of the metal fork. Does anyone know what this utensil is. It came in a box lot I purchased at a local auction.

  • 2 Rick Wolken // Sep 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    we have an icy-o vending machine it is in great condition. On the lid is an emblem with icy-o charlotte nc #622 on it. Would be interesting in selling.

  • 3 Matt // Mar 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Rick, I would be interested. How can I contact you?

  • 4 RICK WOLKEN // Apr 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    matt phone # 417 588 1570

  • 5 Norman // Jul 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I have a bottle with Icy-O written on it. It also says “Moncks Corner SC”, “Registered”, and “this bottle not sold” imprinted.
    I can’t find any history or link regarding an Icy-O bottle or its contents. Can anyone help? Norman

  • 6 MIKE // Sep 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I also have a bottle with Icy-O written on it. It also says “Moncks Corner SC”, “Registered”, and “this bottle not sold” imprinted,but can not find any history on it.

  • 7 MC // Jan 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    My family has one of the tub type. Original white paint flaking off the tub. Has the original lazy susan type divider on the inside, and the handle on top. Light surface rust on wheels etc, but has been stored inside at all times and has no rust damage on interior from when it was used with iced down cokes. Trying to get an estimate of value for estate. Any help appreciated.

  • 8 Steven // Mar 21, 2011 at 9:22 am


    I live in Charlotte,NC. Does anyone know where I can buy 12 ounce glass bottles Coke and other brands.Any help would be appreciated.

  • 9 Jacob // Jul 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Great website My friend just bought a unfinished icy-o I will have to let him know about this website. He paid $1400 but it didn’t have the handle and it’s in okay shape. Does anybody know the Retail value when the icy-o is completely restored ?

  • 10 rakesh manocha // Aug 28, 2012 at 4:06 am


  • 11 Seth // Feb 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Let me know if anyone may have an Icy-O for sale. 508 932 6968

  • 12 Bruce Hayden // Mar 3, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I have an Icy O for sell.missi g a couple of parts but all the hard to find d stuff is attached. Call 828-291-9068

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