November 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments
1950’s SuperVend Cold Cup Drink Vendor
The ad for this 1950’s superVend drink vendor stated that this machine could be used at a variety of locations to increase drink selling profits. Some of the locations listed were schools, air, rail and bus terminals, supermarkets and filling stations. This model cold drink dispenser was capable of vending 3 different flavors of a cold drink into a cup.
2586 Cedar Springs Ave.
The ad proclaimed that this machine was “A sleek, glistening beauty!” Maybe you have seen one. Blog in and let us know.
Tags: Antique Advertising · Drink Dispensers
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.
The Icy-O Company, Inc.
Peachtree St. and Clement Ave.
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
November 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments
1929 Hazeltine & Perkins Drug Co. Soda Fountain Supply Catalog
We just posted PDFs of a 1929 Soda Fountain Supply Catalog in the Retroplanet.com PDF Library. The catalog was put out by Hazeltine & Perkins of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is filled with all kinds of great soda fountain items like glasses, dishes, stools, mixers, straw holders and lots more. It could be a great reference piece if you are planning to build your own soda fountain. Also, it could possibly come in handy if you are trying to put a date on some items in your soda fountain collection.
Tags: Antique Advertising · Manufacturer Histories · Soda Fountain & Dispensers
The Cole-Spa Hermetic vending machine was a 3-flavor cold drink dispenser. This machine was made in the late 40’s and early 50’s. The term “hermetic” referred to the fact that the machine was sealed, the idea being that fewer things should break down, resulting in fewer service calls.
The Cole-Spa was capable of vending 630 cups. It could vend hot cocoa or hot soup with the addition of an attachment available from the manufacturer. There was a handy round mirror at the top of the machine, so you could check your hair or lipstick while your drink was dispensing.
These machines seem to have done very well, according to their brochure: “Chicago’s Northcenter Theatre reports tripled profits with Cole-Spa.” Apparently in an attempt to link their company identity with the world’s most successful soft drink company, the Cole Products Corp. created a logo that very closely resembles the logo used for Coca-Cola, even using the Coca-Cola’s Company’s characteristic white type on a red background.
Cole Products Corp.
39 S. La Salle St.
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Tags: Cole Products Corp. · Drink Dispensers · Other Vending Machines
November 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments
The Spacarb 4-D-51 hot and cold drink vendor was manufactured in the mid 40’s to early 50’s. As with any other drink vending machine from its time, not many of these have survived.
The vending options are listed as any combination of carbonated drink, non-carbonated (or “still”) drink and hot drink, adding up to a total of 4 dispensing choices. It could dispense into either 600 10oz. cups or 1000 7oz. cups.
The brochure states that the machine “serves 3 syrup flavors and club soda”. Evidently the syrup and carbonated water were combined just prior to the drink being dispensed. Spacarb describes itself as “America’s oldest manufacturer and operator of automated beverage dispensers.”
311-317 East 23rd St.
New York, NY
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Tags: Drink Dispensers · Other Vending Machines · Spacarb
November 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments
The Delf Triple-Selector Soda Machine
The Fully-Automatic Delf Triple-Selector Vendor dispensed bottled soft drinks and was capable of vending up to 3 different flavors. This model machine, made in the late 1940’s to early 50’s was touted as being a smaller model, but with a large capacity. It had an overall 121-bottle vending capacity but had a unique way of vending them. It utilized 3 horizontal vending conveyors that vended 37 bottles. This machine could vend 6 to 12 oz. bottles of soda. There was a stainless steel interior lining and storage available inside the machine to hold 48 additional bottles.
Atlas Tool & Manufacturing Co.
5147 Natural Bridge Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
Dimensions: 73”H x 24.5”W x 25”D
Blog-in and tell us if you’ve ever seen one of these machines, or maybe you also have one in your collection.
Tags: Antique Advertising · Drink Dispensers · Soda Vending Machines