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Vintage Vendo Company Photos

May 17th, 2010 · 20 Comments

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The Vendo Company was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1937. Vendo manufactured soda vending machines exclusively for the Cola-Cola Company. In 1956 they merged with their largest competitor, Vendorlator Manufacturing Company and moved to Fresno, California. In 2005 Vendo was bought by Sanden of Japan and moved to Dallas, Texas. They were renamed SandenVendo America, Inc. and they continue to manufacture Vendo vending machines today.

These photos capture Vendo Company in its earliest days. The Vendo Company was founded by two brothers, Elmer and John Pierson, who invented the first efficient coin-operated vending lid for chest coolers, known as the “Red Top”. They quickly became leaders in the vending machine marketplace.

Kansas City Vendo Building

Vendo Company Offices

Two views of the Vendo Company Building.

Company Christmas Party 1939

The Vendo Company Christmas Party 1939

1940 Photo Executives at Vendo Co

Executives of the Vendo Company, January 5, 1940

Red Top Coca-Cola Chest in Vendo Office

Offices at Vendo Company outfitted with a Vendo Red Top Chest

Cooler Manufacturing Steps at Vendo

Stages of Vendo cooler design, from concept to manufacture.

Tags: The Vendo Company · Vendo

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 june // Aug 2, 2010 at 5:51 am

    We purchased two shares of The Vendo Company stock in 1969 and forgot about the shares until recently. Are these shares still worth any money? If so, how do I redeem them? Sincerely, June Chalou

  • 2 Sue Johnson Stinson // Jan 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I worked for Vendo in Kansas City as a young 23 year old secretary in the Engineering department. I modeled for the company when they did an International advertising magazine with several standing and sitting in front of the machine. Do any copies of these first magazines still exist? I have one copy. I had and may have several monthly newspapers. I do remember John Pierson .

  • 3 Tom Dailey // Feb 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    My Dad, Donald D. Dailey (“Dugger) was with Vendo many years, in Production Planning. His good friend was a Jack Pierce. I still have a couple of Vendo items (pocket stapler & ruler) from those days. Pop lost his job as a result of the idiotic strike, in the 50’s. My Uncle Calvin Kingman was in production as well. I remember the Christmas parties – fun for adults AND kids; Mom still has a barometer that Pop won at the last one (PlaMor ballrom). Touring “the plant” as a kid was just terrific and all the guys took the time to say hi to “Don’s Kid”.

    Tom – Denver

  • 4 Don Dunlap // Jul 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    My grandfather Joseph Emmanuel Hagstrom (J.E. Hagstrom) invented the original “red top” invention and sold the patent when the Vendo company was started. I was wanting to get a copy of the original invention and get additional history

  • 5 dick // Aug 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

    i have a vendo 44 that is not vending it has no front door for vending it is solid white with red coca cola embosed at top has a crome door latch for opening and closing of box inside are three shelfs this is definately a factory made box but can not find any info any help would be great email or call me at 423 316 7009 can send picks thanks for your time have good life

  • 6 Bob Musacchio // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Good morning … I am looking for photos and stories re: the Fresno, CA plant. My Dad (Manny Musacchio) was an engineer there in the 50’s – 60’s and until his passing in ‘73. Thank you for any responses.

  • 7 Karen Rusell // Sep 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Hi! I am trying to find out the worth of a Coke machine made by the Vendo company in Kansas City. Model E110A; serial # E20113158. Can you help?

  • 8 vintagevending // Sep 27, 2012 at 7:44 am

    We do not do appraisals or give value estimations of machines. To get an idea what yours is worth, it may help to scan online auction sites or talk with other collectors either in our forum or at flea markets or meets.

  • 9 Sue Bowden // Oct 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I have a three shoot Vendo CocaCola machine. It has square corners, coca cola across the top front. Three selection bars. One drink shoot for drink to exit. Made by Vendo in Kansas City, MO. Can read partial serial number 201 7476 on side plate. Cannot make out the model number.
    Does anyone have an idea as to model and year?

  • 10 Sue Bowden // Oct 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I think the plate on the side of the machine gives the model
    #V-92-3 , and the serial # 201 007476
    Saw a YouTube video put out by Vendo introducing new models in the late 50’s showing this machine in a group of three to four. No mention of the model of this one on the video. Any suggestions as to where to get parts for the machine or other information for restoration.

  • 11 Billy Thomas // Oct 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    can you tell me about a model A 23B5 K
    serial A 10910149-I It is a 6cent machine in real good condition & possible a value.Thank you

  • 12 vintagevending // Oct 4, 2012 at 8:00 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.

  • 13 Jim Andrews // Nov 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

    My dad was Boley Andrews, and he was Vice President of research and development and later engineering also. He worked for Vendo for 42 years starting as a welder in the factory. He died in 2002 at the age of 85. Dad’s birth name was Bolislou Adam Andalikiewicz. Son of a Polish immigrant. He was a great guy and accomplished a lot in his life. No less than 150 registered patents bear my father’s name, and I believe that his inventions were the backbone of the Vendo Company. He was given top secret clearance during WWII, and his inventions saved many lives during the War, along with the Vendo Company. This is amazing in itself and even moreso when you consider that he never finished high school. Dad was truly a one of a kind, and I am sure that all of you that worked with him remember him for his humor as well as his wit. I would encourage any correspondence or information concerning Dad from any old Vendo Employees. Vendo was a great company and produced the Cadillac of the Industry.

  • 14 iris // Feb 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    My Mother Helen Porter worked at Vendo for years on the line. She met my Father there Clarence Sams. They had a friend named Stanley Davis. Was just wondering if anyone knew them or had any information. I also remember a name Mary Lyons.

  • 15 Dan welch // Jul 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I was a Boley Andrews neighbor in the 50s. I can recall his great hobby was woodworking.

    Also I recall the kite flying incident with copper wire into a 7200 volt power line. Son Allen got knocked off his feet.

  • 16 Alex Limon // Jun 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I recently purchased a 1952 Ford F1. The colors on it are yellow and white and on the doors it has a logo of, “Vendorlator Manufacturing Co. Fresno, California.” I would like to know if anyone might have some history on this truck? Thank you,
    Alex Limon

  • 17 Juan martinez // Aug 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Solicito saber el precio de una nevera vendo.F83E5sct

  • 18 greg // Dec 4, 2017 at 9:20 am

    My father Gene Lear worked at Vendo over 30 years after the war. Graduated from welder to super of the plant during his years there. I have many photos of Vendo in the old days. And yes I remember as a kid the Christmas partys, always saw Santa and got a gift.

  • 19 seferino sauceda // Feb 27, 2018 at 2:50 am

    I worked for vendo over 20 years, I was just looking to see if the company was still around from Fresno

  • 20 mike moore // May 21, 2018 at 1:16 am

    To Jim Andrews:
    I worked for Vendo R & D from 1964 to 1965 or 66? I knew your dad quite well. Goood man. I will drop a couple of names so you will know I am real:
    John Staley
    Herman Craven
    Leroy Gore (my first boss)
    Kermit Dyer (my second boss)
    Please contact me so we can talk!- ok?

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