Vintage Soda Vending Machine 1950s Ideal 55
An original Ideal 55 model soda cooler from the 1950s for Nesbitt’s Orange soda dispenser. This vintage cooler is completely restored to full working condition, historical accurate, to museum quality finish. The soda cooler is an Ideal model 55 known as a slider because you slide the bottle along the internal rack to release the bottle once your coin payment is deposited. The oven baked exterior in in a bright orange color with a stainless steel lid. The soda cooler can vend up to five flavors and accommodate different size bottles. The right side access door allows you to easily load the vending slider and the pre-cool area.
Condition – as is, see photos – Fully restored, and not a reproduction
Dimensions – 42″ T x 37″ W x 19.5″ D
Rare vintage soda machine for Nesbitt’s orange manufactured by Nesbitt Fruit Products Company of Los Angeles, California founded in 1924, closed in 1972.
This genuine vintage soda machine cooler is restored to museum quality and is in full working condition.
All antique memorabilia offered are genuine collectable and appreciable assets, not fake reproductions. All items are fine collectable art at the highest world class collector level. Contact us to order vintage Americana, antique signs, old gas pumps, and classic collectables at 1-800-292-0008.
Old Vending Machine Specifications:
- Type: Ideal Model 55 Soda Cooler
- Company: Ideal Dispensing Company
- Product: Nesbitt’s Orange Soda
- Era: 1949-Late 1950s
- Electric: Standard 110 plug
- Serves: 50 Bottles 7oz-12oz (Precools 80 7oz or 60 12oz bottles)
- Dimensions: 42″ Tall x 37″ Wide x 19.5″ Deep
- Condition: Original, fully restored, historically correct
Collectables, Classic Restorations and Vintage Memorabilia information:
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Nesbitt’s – Company History
The Nesbitt’s Fruit Products Company was founded in 1924, named after its founder Hugh S. Nesbitt. The Nesbitt’s brand debuted in 1927, initially as part of the company’s line of soda fountain products. Nesbitt’s began bottling Nesbitt’s orange in either 1938 or 1939, putting it in direct competition with established market-leader Orange Crush. Nesbitt’s became the US market leader of orange soda pop during the late 1940s and 1950s, with advertisements featuring a then-unknown model named Marilyn Monroe (1946) and proclaiming itself to be the “Largest selling bottled orange drink in the world”. Nesbitt’s own brand of orange beverage was surpassed in popularity by Fanta in the 1960s and faded in popularity. In 1972, the company was sold to The Clorox Company, and in April 1975, the bottling operation was sold to Moxie Industries, Inc. (now Monarch Beverage) of Atlanta.