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The Cornelius Diplomat

March 6th, 2009 · 10 Comments

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A Coca-Cola Pre-Mix Soda Fountain Counter Dispenser

In the 1960s Coca-Cola and other soft drink manufacturers put a lot of emphasis on making their beverage available at popular venues like bowling alleys, restaurants and drive-ins. Soft drinks were now dispensed premixed and cold as a result of advances in technology.

Coca-Cola Fountain Dispenser

The Cornelius Co. has now been in business for almost 70 years making coolers and beverage dispensers. They manufactured the Diplomat for the Coca-Cola Company from 1962 to 1969. It is classified as an electric, self-contained, over-the-counter soft drink dispenser. This catalog page states that the “Crisp, clean lines and a bold, lighted sign on each side give the Diplomat styling that attracts costumers, adds prestige to any location!” It also adds the promise of “ice cold refreshment” due to the “Cornelius Ice-O-Matic design”. The cooling device was self-contained within the machine, so there was no need to add ice. The design and illuminated logo served as point of sale advertising and as an enticement to have some refreshment.

The dispensing unit could be mounted on a counter or bar, taking up a minimum amount of space. The dispenser could serve as many as 4 different products and up to 150 cold drinks, figuring on 6 drinks dispensed per minute. There was a cooling recovery rate of 1 drink per minute.

Cornelius Diplomat Soda Fountain Dispenser Specifications

Manufactured by:
The Cornelius Company
2727 North Ferry Street
Anoka, MN 55303

Weight: 110 lbs.
Dimensions: 24 ¾”H x 18”W x 22 ¼”D

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca-Cola · Cornelius · Soda Fountain & Dispensers

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shawn // Jan 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I am in the process of refurbishing one of these, and am having a difficult time finding replacement lines for the inside of the machine. Do you know the size (inside and outside diameter), and the material of these lines?

  • 2 vintagevending // Jan 20, 2010 at 10:07 am


    Sorry, but we can’t help you out with this. Does anyone have ideas? Please comment.

  • 3 Ric/Soda Tech Inc. // Mar 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I have some parts and about 4 of the 3 flavor newer carbonated dispensers. and Parts, Pumps, Reg: New soda Parts.

  • 4 stu // Aug 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

    i have one of these old antique coca- cola cornelius soda fountain machine its in great shape.make me an offer that i cant refuse , and its yours. 602-718-5621 my name is STU i will send you a picture from my phone thanks.

  • 5 Jessie whitehead // Jan 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Looking for parts for mine. Need bottom leggs and tray also one lighted plastic side. If you have these in good shape please let me know. 440 -285-7459

  • 6 Nate // Aug 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Anyone have an operators manual that you could copy for me

  • 7 Elvin Soto // Dec 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I have one of these machines. Is in fair condition. Maybe someone is interested. Contact me at elvinhandyman@yahoo.com

  • 8 Elvin Soto // Nov 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have one
    i want sell it
    contact me or text 617-259-8818

  • 9 Vintage Toronto Ads: Ice Cold Cornelius – Jamie Bradburn's Tales of Toronto // Nov 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

    [...] like the President and the similar Diplomat provided a space-saving option for bar areas with little room for a full-size machine. Judging [...]

  • 10 Mrs Fiderio // Apr 7, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I have one if someone is interested

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