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The 1930’s Moss Soft Drink Coolers

June 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

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The 1930’s Moss Soft Drink Coolers

The Coca-Cola Company used many different manufacturers for their dispensers and coolers. The 1930’s Moss Cooler is one that does not seem to have withstood the test of time. Its main competitor was the Glascock cooler. Moss coolers are very rare today, where the Glascock are easier to find. Vintage Vending was fortunate to have owned a Moss cooler.

The Moss bottled beverage cooler was made of durable metal construction. It was painted in a dark green, oven baked crackle finish. The hardware was nickel and cadmium plated. There was a bottle opener and a cap catcher for the customer’s use. It had casters so the heavy cooler could be moved more easily since these weighed 44 and 55 lbs. without the ice and bottles. The bottler supplied the signs to be inserted on the sides of the cooler. One, two or four signs could be installed. The coolers came in two sizes: 2-case and 4-case.

Manufactured by:
J. Moss Equipment Co., Inc.
78 19th St.
Brooklyn, NY

It is interesting to note that the reverse of this brochure was used by someone who typed a story about Dizzy Dean, the pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1930-1937. Perhaps this copy was to be used for a news broadcast or was a rough draft for a newspaper story.

Blog in and let us know if you’ve ever seen one of these or have anything interesting to add.

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca-Cola · Soda Coolers

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 K. D. // Oct 14, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I have a friend that has purchased one of these “Coca Cola Coolers” recently and they are curious as to what the value of these are now. They don’t have the internet, so I told them I would try to find out for them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are from Mt.Airy, NC, also known as “Mayberry”. Thank you for your help!

  • 2 Keith // Nov 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Very hard to tell without seeing it. Keep an eye on ebay for your friend. Eventually one will show up and you can get an idea by what that one sells for. ( or doesn’t )

  • 3 Nancy // Nov 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I have a newspaper vending machine that my father, a sheet metal worker built for the Sun Times newspaper company. The papers cost 5 cents and only 50 were made. Do you have any info on something like this? I can email pictures if you wish.
    Thank you.

  • 4 John H. // Jan 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I am selling an original Dublin Dr Pepper vending machine – 1950 or early 1960.

  • 5 john huffman // Apr 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I purchased one of these this week, don’t know if it is real or not. Has a copper liner in it.

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