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Often machines or coolers were found with various attachments or devices that were not common to other machines. These "accessories" were creative and not only served a useful purpose but enhanced the productivity of the machine or cooler to which they were attached.


One such item was the water attachment or water bubbler, made of either white porcelain or stainless steel. The units were attached on the sides of upright machines and mounted on top of , or on the side of chest-type coolers. Advertising by the Edwards Company depicts a variety of styles available for different machines. The "water bubbler" was the typical drinking fountain while the "fillglass" model enabled glasses of water to be filled using faucet unit. The water bubbler usually had a copper coil attached inside the cooler to cool the drinking water. These units became popular and helped to increase acceptance of coolers wherever they were used.


Another important and usefull accessory was the Vendo Coin Changer. Made initially to mount on the side of the company's Model V-83, the unit could also be mounted on a wall or post. It accepted dimes or quarters and dispensed nickels from a reservoir of approximately 400. The changer was used throughout the 40's and 50's, phasing out as internal coin mechanisms with changers became standard on machines. These changers can still be found today with a variety of different paper inserts on the front.


Important as bottler incentives or giveaways, the picnic chests and cooler radios became some of the most widely distributed collectible items of the 50's and 60's. Many people still have their heavy metal picnic cooler stored away in the garage or basement. The coolers were made by numerous companies and were available in many sizes. The capacity was from 12 to 24 bottles. Some of the manufacturers were Progress , Acton , Cavalier, etc. Two of the most collectible models were made by Acton and Cavalier. The first of these , made by Acton, held twenty-four 6 ounce bottles. There was an upper tray that gave additional "dry" storage and packing convenience. The inside was galvanized and included a drain. Painted Coca-Cola red, the letters were embossed and easily stood out on the beach or in the picnic ground. Commanding a premium price by collectors is the 12 bottle version which measures 11 1/2" long by 9" wide by 14" high.


Cavalier's Carry-Cooler, on "Airline Cooler" as it is commonly referred to , had a 12 bottle capacity. With its smaller capacity, it was not capable of providing food storage for a large picnic like its predecessor. These coolers have proven to be quite sought after collectibles that can still be used for what they were initially intended.


The Cooler Radio was distributed in 1949 by Point of Purchase Displays, Inc. out of Chicago, Illinois. Constructed of a "bakelite" plastic material, the radio was in the shape of a chest cooler of that era. The radio was AM only and used tubes. There was an internal antenna with a small fixture on the back to hook to an outside antenna. Prone to cracks and chips on the corners, few can be found in "mint" condition. This is such a popular item, that a recent reproduction of the radio in the AM-FM cassette variety was available and now as well out of production can fetch a hefty sum new in the box.

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