Vintage Coca-Cola machines

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2015-06-26 10:31:34

Vintage Coca-Cola machines are refrigerated Coca-Cola vending machines.

History

The first machines used in stores were branded ice-filled coolers, first introduced in 1929 and manufactured by the Glascock Brothers Manufacturing Co.

The first automatic self-service machines were developed in 1937 and manufactured by two companies, the Vendo Company of Missouri and the Vendorlator Manufacturing Company based in Fresno, California.

Coolers were also produced by the Westinghouse Corporation of Springfield, Massachusetts. They began manufacturing coolers for the company in 1934, and graduated to upright machines during the early 1950s. They continued to produce machines until they ceased operations in the 1970s.

After World War II Vendo became the first company produce the upright automatic machines, with the first model the V-83 launched in 1946. This was followed by the V-39 in 1949, and until 1957 there were over 200,000 of these machines in venues across the United States.

In 1956 Vendo merged with the Vendorlator Manufacturing Company, and the company continues to make refrigerated vending machines to this day.

Vendo Models

Vintage machines from the 1940s and 50s are the most popular with collectors of both Coca-Cola memorabilia and vending machines. The most famous and collectible models to look out for are:

  • V-23
  • V-39
  • V-44
  • V-80
  • V-81
  • V-83
  • V-110
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