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Vintage Coca Cola Coolers

Updated on January 25, 2012

Coca Cola Attraction

Coca Cola items are among the most popular of collectibles, and among Coca Cola products, one of the most desire is Coca Cola coolers, which have been around for decades.

You have the Glascock from the early part of the 20th century to the modern, sophisticated coolers of today. Even those are sought after by Coca Cola aficionados.

Years ago I attained a big Coca Cola cooler from a school that was replacing it, and was caught off guard by the high price a neighbor immediately offering for the cooler when I got it home. This was a plug in type, probably from the 1960s originally. That was my first foray into the demand Coca Cola coolers bring, and the premium price collectors are willing to pay for them.

As with many collectibles, it reminds people of a time of their youth. With Coca Cola, that includes just about every one of us that are alive; at least from nations that sell the increasingly ubiquitous product.

Who doesn't remember the eager way you went for a Coke when you were younger (especially for people a little on in age).

For Americans, it's part of our culture and life, and no one alive remembers when it wasn't there. Add to that the vivid and easily recognizable red color and you have a great reason why people love to get their hands on this wide variety of product sold from almost the inception of the company. 

The Glascock Coca Cola cooler is probably one of more desired and famous from the early days of Coca Cola, and as mentioned in the title below, is from 1929.

Vintage Glascock Coke Cooler Circa 1929

Below we have the Westinghouse Junior Coke Machine. It was extremely popular in the 1930s and 1940s in the mom and pop stores of the day.

An interesting feature is it didn't have any bottle or coin mechanism, which made it need to have a clerk available when the customer wanted to buy a drink.

Some collectors consider this a nice feature for home use if they want to use the cooler while enjoying it.

Westinghouse Junior Coke Machine

This type of Coca Cola cooler is very collectible, My favorite is the hand holding the Coke, as something in addition to the traditional red color of the cooler always add something to it.

Collectible Cola Cola Cooler

This Coca Cola cooler was made by a company named Cavalier back in the latter part of the 1940s and early part of the 1950s.

It was made for offices, thus the slimmer design, and also didn't include a mechanism for coins or bottles.

This was a move toward servicing ancillary markets which were slower, but steady.  

Cavalier Coca Cola Cooler

This Coca Cola cooler was for use in areas with a little more space, although it could include an office or waiting area if it was large enough.

You could open up either end, as you can see by the handles, These included stainless steel insides to help keep the soda cold.

1934 Vintage Coca-Cola Cooler

I tantalized you earlier with a Coca Cola cooler had years ago, and the immediate offer to acquire it I received from my neighbor. This is the exact model I had (below). Pretty nice.

Retro Coke Cooler

These Coca Cola ice box coolers are in high demand, and can fetch a nice amount on the right auction day. Great looking piece of memorabilia.

Coca Cola Ice Box Cooler

This Westinghouse Coca Cola cooler is from about the mid 1950s. I like that blend of white and red with is model. Nice looking cooler.

Westinghouse Coke Cooler 1950s

This really isn't a cooler of course, but an old radio in the shape of a cooler. It was too interesting not to share with everyone.  This was a  Coca Cola Cooler tube radio build in about 1940.

Coca Cola Radio Cooler-Shaped

Finally we have an airline Coca Cola cooler from the 1940s to the 1950s. These were about a foot tall and a little over a foot-and-a-half long. There were several airline coolers made by Coca Cola at the time, with this particular model being among the smaller ones. 

Coca Cola Airline Cooler

Keep in mind as you view all of these Coca Cola coolers, that they have been restored to their original condition, It is very unlikely you'll find any like this, although I have seen some through the years that got little wear and tear.


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      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      I collect Coca-Cola items and loved the information on the coolers! I agree with RJ...Very Cool!

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      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Very very cool!!! I could get hooked with a few of these in my rec room! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ


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