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Universal 7 Bottle Cooler

September 27th, 2010 · 9 Comments

These photos are of a restored Universal Container built for a 7-bottle capacity. These were made between the 1940s and the 1950s. The soda bottles were cooled by being surrounded with crushed ice. These picnic coolers were painted a mint green by the manufacturer.

The Universal Cooler Corporation was a division of the International Detrola [...]

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Tags: Coolers · Picnic Coolers · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Coolers

Walrus Soda Bottle Cooler

February 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Walrus Manufacturing Company of Decatur, Illinois was one of the many manufacturers that tried to cash-in on the ongoing soft drink craze in the early 1900s. This advertisement is from the “National Bottlers Gazette”. Walrus, like other manufacturers, was marketing their product directly to bottlers in the hope that they could become their cooler [...]

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