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Pelco Soda Chest Cooler Brochures

August 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments

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Soda Chest Cooler Ad

Pelco Ice Chest Coolers

These are a series of brochures for Pelco chest coolers made in the 1950s. They are to promote their electric chest coolers as low-price, yet high quality. These ads are targeted at soft drink bottlers in the hope they will buy these coolers for placement in stores and other establishments in order to sell their bottled soda. One brochure shows a series of different colored coolers with embossing from different soft drink manufacturers.

Soda Manufacturer Ice Chests

By the time these brochures were distributed in the 1950s, it states that the manufacturer of Pelco coolers already had 50 years of manufacturing experience. They must have gone out of business some time ago, as there isn’t much information available on them today.

Brochures for Soda Bottlers

Pelco Electric Cooler

Manufactured by:
Portable Elevator Mfg. Co.
Bloomington, Illinois

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Tags: Antique Advertising · Soda Coolers

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hans Eggers // Oct 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for posting the brochures! I just purchased a OC 510-E in not too bad shape. Your information was certainly helpful for me to know what I have.

  • 2 martin eltringham // Nov 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I have a pelco510E. Is it rare?

  • 3 Elfnubbin76 // Jan 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    No. It’s not worth anything

  • 4 Andrew Turman // May 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I have a restored 510-E in Tru-Ade livery, and I beg to differ with Elfnubbin’s assessment. From discussing these machines with several dealers, I’ve determined they are quite rare, which makes pricing difficult.

  • 5 Duane Berry // Aug 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I have a PELCO model N 510-E and would like to get the unit running but I can’t find any info on how the cooling unit works and what it uses for coolant. If you have any info for me I would really appreciate it.

  • 6 Shawna // May 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I recently purchased a Pelco N 510-E that runs and is in really good condition. I noticed someone mentioned them being hard to price: however, I was wondering if there was any update on the cooler’s worth? I would really like more information if anyone can help. Thanks!

  • 7 Craig // Jun 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I have a Canada Dry chest vending machine. Trying to assess its value and restoration. Anyone out there that can help at all ? Thanks for your attention. I know it’s from the 40s or 50s-maybe very early 60s -it’s 10 cents, small bottles rail system –it’s that pale green colour -Hope this helps

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