Posted 3 years ago
edit: not sure why pics wont load? heres links to them on photobucket if they don't show up above..
pic 1: http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m605/mikemizzie/cokecooler.jpg
Hello everyone! I recently saved this old coke cooler from sitting in a basement for the past 20+ years. It is by no means "mint". It has original paint (well, what's left of the pant haha). It has all the parts with it still. Including the bottle opener on the side, inner tray, the lid/handle, drain plug & all hardware. It's by FAR a gem.. it's definetly had a hard life! No holes or dents aside from a small dent on the side which looks easily fixable.
I seen this poor little cooler sitting dusty under a pile of crap in a friends grandfathers basement. I made an offer on it and took it home. I spent $25 on it and have no interest to sell it or make a profit. I love the look of this cooler so even if I over paid I'm still happy with it. I'm just happy to have saved an old coke antique and give it some more life! Looks like a great cooler to take fishing and use as a conversation piece. I'm not a coke collector however I believe this may have started my collection! I've always wanted to start collecting coke stuff but never found anything local. Happy to have it.
I have a couple of questions if anyone can help me out?
Now why I'm posting this is because I'm just interested if anyone can tell me a little about it? Such as age, history, and just for the heck of it I'd like to know it's worth, if any... (both as is and restored if possible.) I don't plan to sell but would be "cool" to know it's worth amoung collectors.. I realize these are fairly common.
Here's some info on it.. Sorry for the horrible pic I took this off my cellphone when I put it in my jeep. Like I said it has original paint (very aged, but still red) no rust or rot, inside of it is actually very clean no rust. the coke emblem on both sides are still mostly "white" and are raised lettering.
on both sides it says:
under that is stamped/raised lettering saying:
ACTION MFG CO. INC
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
MADE IN U.S.A.
U.S. PAT NO. 0-152580
CAN. PAT NO. 86 POLIO 15064 (I have to recheck this line i wrote it down in a hurry and not sure if it's 100%)
OTHER PATS PENDING
I hope this info can help someone help me out!
One last question, should I restore this or leave it as is/ If I restore it myself does it effect value/charm in a negative way? I have no problem grabbing some coke red and white paint and making this look good again if it's not a bad idea.
Thanks any comments appreciated! I realize I don't have a jackpot gem here so no worrys! Sorry for the dark picture I'll post more later on.. It actuallys looks a LITTLE better in person than in the picture..