Posted 6 years ago
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came my way recently, which resulted in my most enjoyable acquisition to date. This one will be hard to better.
I was contacted by a gentleman who was looking to sell a salesman sample cooler owned by his father, who sold and delivered Coca-Cola 1930's-1950's.
So I packed up the van, Mrs. Nobucks rode shotgun. We drove 10 hours round trip, with a pleasant overnight stay in Lasalle County, Illinois. We met Bob and his wife on Father's Day morning, visited for an hour, and made the deal - which I financed almost completely by selling my entire beloved smalls collection...ouch! ;0( But it seemed right to sell the smalls to buy a small.
The miniature cooler is near mint, includes carrying case, sales aids, and an insulation sample (one of two original to the piece, which are highly prized, almost never found).
This is the crown jewel of my collection. It's all downhill from here! ;0)