From the syrup urns of the late 1800s to soda fountains in space,
Critical to achieving this mission are the vessels in which the products are delivered.
In this photo gallery, go on a visual journey through history, exploring the ways
1896, The Wheeling Pottery Company. Wheeling, West Virginia
Beginning in 1896, the syrup urn was part of a premium program for dealers who bought more than 50 gallons of
1899 – Present, Various Companies
Large-scale bottling was made possible in 1899, when Ben Thomas and Joseph B. Whitehead of Chattanooga, Tennessee, secured the exclusive rights to bottle and sell
With contract in hand, they joined another Chattanooga bottler, John T. Lupton and began to develop what is today the global
Six Pack Carrier
1923, Empire Printing & Box Company, Atlanta
With the convenience of drinking
The Standardized Cooler
Early 1930’s, Glascock Brothers Manufacturing Company, Muncie, Indiana
The idea of the standardized cooler had been around since the beginning of bottling. For early coolers, bottlers would cut syrup barrels in half and attach legs.
Dole MASTER Dispenser
1933, The Dole Valve Company, Chicago
The Dole MASTER Dispenser was the first dispenser to provide cooling at the point of service for carbonated water and syrup and the first dispenser manufactured by the company. It was field tested at the Chicago World’s Fair. The company’s first automatic fountain dispenser, in which syrup and carbonated water were mixed as the drink was dispensed, debuted at the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. Soda fountain operators had mixed
1938, Mills Novelty Company, Chicago
By 1937, The
Dole DELUX Dispenser and Dole Citation Dispenser
Dole DELUX Dispenser (left)
1947, Dole Valve Company, Chicago
The Dole DELUXE Dispenser was designed by Raymond Loewy and introduced to the market as a result of wartime research. Loewy, founder of the field of “industrial design,” played a prominent role in changing the physical and conceptual elements of the modern world. Loewy streamlined the soda fountain, giving the dispenser a modern look and enhancing the equipment to pour more servings per gallon. The ads of the time tout the fact that the improved machine would also increase profits for the soda fountain. When the Dole Deluxe Fountain Dispenser was introduced in 1947, it was an instant classic.
Dole Citation Dispenser (right)
1958, Dole Valve Company, Chicago
When the Dole Citation Dispenser was released it highlighted a newly-designed Implex plastic cabinet with improved operating features. The design was based on styling rendered by the noted industrial designers, Hodgman-Bourke of New York. Also, during this year, the Dole float valve assembly was made available to provide reserve syrup capacity, in any amount, determined only by the size of the pressurized syrup tank.
1956, The Vendo Company, Kansas City, Missouri
The Vendo 44 ranks as the single most highly collected of upright vending machines. More than 8,000 units were made between 1956-1959. The popularity of the machine can be traced to its compact size and the instantly recognizable color scheme of
Picnic Cooler and BreakMate
Picnic Cooler (right)
1958, Progress Refrigerator Company, Louisville, Kentucky
With a capacity of up to 32 bottles, picnic coolers allowed consumers to take
Bottles were kept cold as each cooler was made with rigid insulation and possibly three grades of metal:
No. 1 or Standard – Galvanized lining and baked enamel outside,
No. 2 – Stainless steel lining and baked enamel on the outside or,
No. 3 – Stainless steel throughout.
1988, Bosch-Siemens, Munich, Germany
Designed for offices with five to 50 employees, the BreakMate allowed small business owners an opportunity to have
Westinghouse WB 60-K6
1960, The Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
In the early 1960s, The
In 1960, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation introduced a vending machine that could handle multiple products, packages in either cans or bottles, and different prices. This ability made the machines an economical investment with less upgrades needed when new drinks were introduced.
The Space Dispenser
1996, Bosch-Siemens, Munich, Germany
A total of 90 servings were available to the six astronauts. The dispenser’s built-in computer kept track of the fluid intake of each astronaut. By developing new dispensing equipment for outer space, the Company hoped to improve conditions for the astronauts, encourage them to drink more liquids while in space, and work on technologies that could have an impact on future space missions.
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