The Ideal 55B Royal Crown soda machine is the most common of all Ideal’s soda vendors. The Ideal 55B is a “slider”, which is a machine where, after you deposit your coin, you slide the bottle through a rack to the opening to get the bottle out. The Ideal 55B was made from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. It vends 50 bottles and pre-cools 80.
The Royal Crown embossed sliders are the most common among the 55Bs. The cooler design has an inherent flaw that it shared with a lot of other soda vending machines. The problem is that it was possible to consume a soda without paying for it. Evidently there were people that opened the lid, popped a cap off a soda, inserted a straw and drank the soda without removing the bottle or paying for it. Most likely, once the storeowner caught on, he’d watch the machine very closely, or better yet, have it moved to the front of the store where he would have been manning the checkout. This Ideal slider is one that we restored.
Dimensions: 19 1/2”D x 37”W x 42”H
Weight: 204 lbs.
The Ideal Dispenser Co.
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