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Mills 45 Coca-Cola Vendor

July 13th, 2010 · 28 Comments

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The Mills 45 Coca-Cola vending machine was manufactured for only 2 years: 1941-1942. It was the smallest Mills vending machine made pre-WWII. It is the most desired model for Mills collectors due to its smaller size. It has a small bottle capacity; only 26 bottles, which made it ideal for use in lower volume situations, such as in an office. There is also space to pre-cool 26 additional bottles. This is believed to be the only Coca-Cola machine ever made that vended the bottle crown first.

Mills 45 Vendor

As you can see in this brochure, Mills referred to the 45 as the “Baby Cooler”, due to its smaller footprint and capacity. The 45 did not use the earlier conveyor method for vending, but rather dispensed bottles using two gravity-fed rotating drums. The compressor is on the bottom of the machine and is easily accessible by removing the lower front panel. The bowed front door unfortunately led to the machines getting pretty dented up over time.

The first of the photos below shows the features of the Mills 45, including the construction, height, weight and capacity. The last photo shows the Mills production plants located in Chicago.

Specifications for Mills 45

Dimensions: 62”H x 25”W x 22”D
Weight: 415 lbs.

Manufactured by:
Mills Industries, Inc.
4100 Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

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Tags: Coca-Cola · Soda Vending Machines

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clyde ayer // Aug 1, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I have a coke bottle machine that is 64 inches tall and 32 inches wide. It has a emblem on the front that says Match your thirst standard and king size. It also has no coin slot on it . It has a door on the right side that opens to let you pull a coke out and I guess you pay at the counter. Can you tell me the year of this machine and send a picture of it? The model # is E110A W, The Vendo Company.

  • 2 clyde ayer // Aug 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Also can you tell me the value of this machine in running order?

  • 3 machomanbunny // Sep 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hello,I have 18 3&5/8 inches round plastic(black&silver) “Mills cooler ” logos.I would appreciate knowing the age & value of these fine vintage logos.Thank You.

  • 4 john wingler // Sep 10, 2010 at 3:34 am

    do you sell parts for antique vending machines or can you give me the web sight for them

  • 5 vintagevending // Sep 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Hi John, we no longer sell parts or restore machine.
    For soda machine parts, check out Fun Tronics LLC

  • 6 dean kassik // Jan 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

    i have an old round squirt top load pop dispensing machine. would like any information call me 4027591538. thank you

  • 7 Denis // Mar 30, 2011 at 12:31 am

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/clt/2294573610.html

    I posted this Mills 45 on craiglist for my parents, its all original and still works great. Thought I would pass on the link if you might know anyone interested.

  • 8 Larry // Apr 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Denis,

    Did you sell this? Vintagevending, is there anyway you can contact this person for me?

    Larry

  • 9 Mike W hernly // Apr 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Im looking for a 10 cent coke machine That I can restore myself Don’t want to spend a whole lot of money Didn’t know if you had anything

  • 10 colleen Lawton // May 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I have a westingtonhouse electric coca cola cooler serial # 4305016 , with two flip lids, in the center is what I’m guessing is a water dispenser. If you could tell us where we could find info or a picture.

  • 11 John // Apr 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I found a complete mills 45 coke machine, looks like it may even work, looks to be in great condition, no rust just a little dull looking. what is this worth if I want to sell it? anyone interested?

  • 12 marc miller // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:27 am

    John, I have a Mills 45 machine that I acquired in the 1970’s. I would be interested in yours if you figure out what it is worth to you.

  • 13 BOB SCHOEMMELL // Apr 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    lOOKING TO SELL MILLS NOVELTY CoMPRESSOR MODEL MD2AM bob

  • 14 Barry Greenway // May 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    coke machine.. modle A-23 E
    serial- 505 25768 by
    Vendo company of akansas City,Mo.
    wonder the value it might have? any help be thankful.

  • 15 gina gray // Jul 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I have one of these it has not been restored. I hope to restore it one day.

  • 16 seth lawrence // Oct 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I have been looking for a complete unrestored or restored mills 45 forever if anyone has one for sale call or email me. Thans Seth 508 932 6968 sc11012242@aol.com

  • 17 Dennis // Feb 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Need to find some coin mechanism parts for a Glasco GBV-50, also need original bottle cap catcher.

  • 18 ben // May 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Found a Mills 45 sitting in a neighbor’s garage. All original except painted red by Coca-Cola. Going to pick it up Friday and doing a total restoration. Got it for an excellent price. Really excited.

  • 19 Seth // Jun 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Ben, If you get this message please send me an email. sc11012242@aol.com I have some questions about the machine. Thanks

  • 20 Leslie Wyland // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Can you tell me what year this coca cola machine is the model # is E110C serial # E412 18773 The Vendo Co Kansas City, MO

  • 21 Phil Johnson // Oct 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I picked up a model 45 in need of repair. Need to sell ASAP for kids school monies

  • 22 nelson foss // Oct 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Looking to buy a Mills 45 vending machine. Please email Nelson at nmsports@comcast.net

  • 23 Phil Johnson // Oct 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I have a Mills Model 45 for sale. 510-472-4896

  • 24 nelson foss // Oct 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    looking to buy a mills 45 coke machine call nelson 860-610-0414 thanks

  • 25 Thomas // Dec 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Would like to purchase an unrestored Mills-45 coke machine. Would like to hear from anyone who has one for sale. Send pics to: wsgoat@comcast.net

  • 26 Seth // Feb 27, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I’m still looking to purchase a complete mills 45 Coca Cola machine in any condition. If you may have one or know where one is located please let me know. 508 932 6968

  • 27 charles BRIMLEY // Apr 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    i,am looking to buy a mills 45 coke machine. chuck brimley. 1-414-961-2113 please give a call.

  • 28 charles BRIMLEY // Apr 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    wanted ; to buy a mills 45 machine. chuck 1-414-961-2113

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