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The 1950’s Vendo Standard Milk Vendor

January 23rd, 2009 · 24 Comments

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1950s Vendo Milk Machine

Vendo Milk Vendor

The Vendo Milk Vendor was manufactured by The Vendo Co. in the 1950’s. It uses a lot of the same parts as the V-80 and 81 soda machines as well as having the same shape. This machine was not intended for large volume, but rather was classified as a small to mid-size machine for “’in-between’ volume needs”. As with other machines of the 50s, this is an upright with rounded corners. The upright design was intended to save floor space and this model requires only three square feet. The design includes the addition of an illuminated display case on top of the machine for the customer to view the different drink options. The drinks were available in cardboard cartons and the selection could include up to four different choices. There was a 52 to 80 drink total capacity and the machine operated with a push-button selection.

The Vendo Milk Vendor was one of a group of three very similar machines produced by Vendo at the time. In addition to the Milk Vendor were the Hot Food Vendor and the Ice Cream Machine. The Milk Vender is a rare machine, but of the three, the Ice Cream Machine is the most rare.

The standard color for the Vendo Milk Vendor was blue, as seen in the brochure. But we had a machine that we decided to do a little differently. See our earlier blog about the Cow Motif Vendo Milk Machine.

Dimensions: 58”H x 27”W x 16”D
Manufactured by:
The Vendo Company
Kansas City, Missouri

Tags: Antique Advertising · Drink Dispensers · Vendo

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Duane // Aug 17, 2009 at 5:59 am

    I am missing four parts for my milk machine 1) the push buttons, 2) the weights, 3) the chute flaps, and 4) the plastic bubble chute, Are reproductions available?

    Thanks, Duane

  • 2 Duane // Aug 17, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I have a Vendo milk machine that I am attempting to restore bit by bit beginning with the complete door and outside machine paint, graphics etc.. Maybe you could offer up an article on the inside machine mechanics restoration.
    Thanks, Duane

  • 3 vintagevending // Aug 17, 2009 at 9:39 am


    The Vendo Standard Milk Vendor uses a lot of the same parts as the V-80 and 81 soda machines. fun-tronicsllc.com is a good place to start. They have parts as well as manuals for many vendo machines. Good luck with your restoration.

  • 4 Willie // Jul 28, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Would you have a color # for the Vendo 72 Milk Machine. Want to have mine repainted.


  • 5 vintagevending // Jul 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Unfortunately I don’t have the paint code for that any longer. There are mobile auto paint services that can come out and scan the original color for you or you could bring the coin door to them to scan.

  • 6 scott dary // Apr 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I have the top display for a vendo milk machine. Graphics are in good condition, glass has a crack near the lock mechanism, about 4″ long. Any idea what it’s worth?
    Thanks, Scott

  • 7 Brian // Apr 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I would be interested in your top display. My machine is missing one.


  • 8 Terry // Aug 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I have one of these in restored condition for sale. Has been restored in the white and black spotted cow motif. Pictures available. Complete machine, works perfectly. 678-858-6214 in Atlanta, GA

  • 9 John // Nov 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Am interested if you still have the machine for sale. Please send me an email.

  • 10 Kevin // Nov 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I have a vendo milk machine .Original condition, does anyone know what it is worth ? 503-780-4170

  • 11 Michele // Nov 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I have one of these machines ready to be restored. It is in great condition and needs very little work done. Anyone interested in purchasing? 317-748-0619

  • 12 Eric // Nov 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I am interested in a vendo milk machine and an ice cream machine restored..if anyone has one plz email me

  • 13 Robertt // Nov 30, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I am in need of the top display for a milk vendor.630-222-3654

  • 14 randy // Dec 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    im interested in buying a top display for a milk vendo Randy 317-289-3333 ilso im interestd in buy a ice cream machine Thanks

  • 15 Tom // Jan 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Eric, are you still looking for a Vending Ice Cream Machine (Vendo)?

  • 16 Joe // Jan 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I am looking to purchase the vendo milk machine top display or a entire milk machine unit.

    jpm144@hotmail.com 7044536447

  • 17 Joe // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I am looking to purchase 1950s

    *Vendo Milk Machine Top Display
    *Vendo Ice Cream Machine
    **Vendo Hot Food Vendor

    Iam getting my milk machine and ice cream machine restored from Rick at Ricks Restoration but im looking for the missing piece the Vendo Hot Food Vendor. On my milk machine im missing my display so im hoping Rick may have one or can fab one.
    I really want this Hot Food Vendor so if anybody can help me out i will send them a finders fee
    Rick is on a 8 month wait so i have time
    love this site

  • 18 William // Mar 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I have a 1950 Milk Machine. Complete. Just wondering how much I could sell it for. Bigwil626@yahoo.com. thanks

  • 19 Robert // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I’m looking for a vendo milk machine. I’d prefer one restored. Just saw one on Ricks Restorration. Call or email 602-510-0181

  • 20 Robert // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    William, did u sell yours. My email is Robert@palomadairy.com phone# is 602-510-0181

  • 21 Mat // Apr 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Looking for information on a vintage Norris 4 cent milk machine. Can’t find any information on it. Any help? Email mretseck@comcast.net Thanks!

  • 22 randy // Oct 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’m interested in purchasing a Vendo milk machine, Vendo food machine or a Vendo ice cream machine. Thanks. Randy 317-289-3333

  • 23 marsha // Jul 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I have 2 Vendo milk machines in great condition. Both machines run and are very cold. My husband ran a vending business, and I have tons of keys, but I could use some help figuring out which is the correct key. Please email me at mmpawlak@yahoo.com. And does anyone know what these machines are worth? Thank-you.

  • 24 Walter birdsong // Jun 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hello, I am looking to purchase a vendor milk vending machine, my name is walter, call or text, thanks! 601-421-4069

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