Before 1960, there were more Vendo 83s made than any other model of Vendo soda machine. It was the first coin-operated, upright soda vending machine made by Vendo that they mass-produced. As with all other Vendo machines, it was manufactured exclusively for the Cola-Cola Company. The 83s with a mechanical coin mechanism were manufactured from 1946 through 1957, and those with an electrical coin mechanism were built from 1953 through 1957.
We have some great vintage photos of Vendos that we wanted to share with you. The photos vary in subject from production lines to staged publicity shots, but we thought they were interesting and that you might enjoy them. The following two photos were taken in a Vendo soda machine factory.
And then we have the assorted “chatting around the Vendo 83” photos. These illustrate the Vendo 83 in different environments such as the workplace and a grocery store.
The next two photos are of models posing with a bottle of Coca-Cola and a Vendo 83. Those are followed by a man dressed as a Vendo soda machine serviceman beside and open Vendo 83. He is pointing to the loading instructions inside the door of the machine.
This last photo is interesting in that it shows a Vendo 83 embossed in Spanish. Rather than “Drink Coca-Cola”, it says “Tome Coca-Cola” and instead of “Ice Cold”, it says “Bien Helada”. Vendo evidently built this machine for the booming Coca-Cola market in Mexico. We hope you enjoy all of these vintage Vendo 83 photos and we will continue to post more like these in the future.
Dimensions: 63”H x 32 1/2”W x 18”D
Vending capacity: 83
Weight: 450 lbs.
Manufactured: 1946 to 1957
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