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Posted 2 years ago

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Steveoflys
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We have had these old coke machines for years past down from are father. My father farmed and he rented land from this gentleman that was a great inventor in his day and actually a hero WWII pilot. Story was said that he made these machines for Owens Glass Bottling Co. from Streator IL. Dr. Pepper has something involved in this too. At the time he didn't go ahead and get the patent being expensive even back then I'm guessing. The sad story about this was my father years ago had the working guts of the machine and threw them away. You cant see from the pictures but the bottles and change dispensing came out through the sides. These are 3 individual units. But he didn't know at the time. They were just in his way in a old house. Anyway, does anybody recognize these 3 units? Thanks

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    So, show us the inside of these coke machines. Not the middle one though, it has something hanging out the bottom like an over stuffed wall locker. Seeing the bottle and change openings from the inside is better anyway as you can see where everything mounted.
  2. Steveoflys, 2 years ago
    Sure. Will do. The opening are the only thing interesting as everything has been pulled year ago. My Dad used them for shovels, and garden tool storage. I'll do my best on the pics. Thanks
  3. graysgarage, 1 year ago
    I have 2 of the exact same machines..They are also missing the inside mechanism. I found them in central IL. Would like to get more info. on the person that made them. I do believe that they may be the first upright coke bottle machines.
  4. Signaholic, 1 year ago
    I'm gonna make a guess that these were not machines but actually plant lockers that came out of a bottling plant in the 30s.
  5. graysgarage, 1 year ago
    Thanks..Thats what I thought until I cleaned the unit..inside had a few pieces of the mechanism,rubber type seal & some galvenized trays similar to the inside of an old heintz gullwing that i have. There is also a bottle opening in the front. They do seem to be Side opening machines that were later turned into lockers? Will try to post pics of mine as found.
  6. Signaholic, 1 year ago
    Yep, mystery solved, it's definitely a cooler machine.

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