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Universal 7 Bottle Cooler

September 27th, 2010 · 10 Comments

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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.

Soda Bottle Picnic Cooler

7 Bottle Universal Container

The Universal Cooler Corporation was a division of the International Detrola Corporation of Detroit, Michigan. Other Detrola-owned companies were manufacturers of radios, washing machines, furniture and machine tools. In 1950 the Universal Cooler Corp. was acquired by the Tecumseh Products Company of Tecumseh, Michigan.

Dimensions: Approx. 11” diameter x 12” high

Manufactured by:
Universal Cooler Corp.
Marion, Ohio

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

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

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jaimi seales // Jan 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I have a container like the 7 bottle container you have shown. How can I find the value of my container.

  • 2 johnny brooks // Jan 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I have one of the dr. peppers 7 bottle cooler. Does anyone know the app. value and if it had any labels.Thanks

  • 3 Louis Crawford // Apr 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I have A 7 bottle cooler in nice condition. What is it worth? Thank you.

  • 4 Don Miller // Feb 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I just purchased a 7 bottle Universal Container Company cooler made in Oled, Ohio. I bought it in a antique store. Does any body know the value.

    Thank You

  • 5 Denise Holm // Aug 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Ok…. So what is the differance in the colors of the universal conatiners. I have purchased a green one and saw a red one online saying it was a door to door sales man cooler to use to sell soda. It carries 7 because they used the middle one to give out samples of the soda. It states they are from the 20’s and 30’s. You are saying that they are picnic coolers for soda. What would differance of the two? How many colors are they done in? I too would like to know an estimated value. Mine is stamped Toledo Ohio. To Johnny Brooks what color is your Dr. Pepper one and how do you know it is Dr. Pepper?

  • 6 Fay Skiles // Apr 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I recently purchased this cooler. The cooler itself is in good condition with paint chips. Can you tell me a range of value of this item? Thank you.

  • 7 vintagevending // Apr 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    You can get an idea of how much these are going for by looking at online auction sites or talking to other collectors. We do not give appraisals or estimates of market values for machines. Price is always a variable, depending on the timing in regard to the economy and what buyers are looking for.

  • 8 Devon Hardwick // Nov 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Hello all, I am working on an article for my local newspaper about the Susquehanna silk mill. I have discovered the the building which once housed the mill also housed the Universal cooler corp once the mill went under in 1935. My question then is since we have several different locations of production, are these coolers actually stamped with “Marion Ohio?”

  • 9 Karen // May 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I have the same 7 pack cooler in green. Value is approximately $350. Red coolers were for Coca-Cola bottles and the green for Dr. Pepper. These were made for a very short time span and had no logo on them.

  • 10 Lana // Sep 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I have a 12 pack version of this in the same green.

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