1950's Vintage Vernors Cooler

Posting ID : B1004658457
Date Posted : 2011-02-21
Group : Collectibles

This is a listing for a vintage aluminum Vernors cooler made by Cronstrums Manufacturing Inc. It is in good condition, showing some wear from its age, but the logos are in good condition. The top of the cooler has been dented from years of use as a seat, typical of these aluminum coolers. See image.

GREAT 1950's VINTAGE VERNORS COOLER. Aluminum Cooler, Insulated. Everything in its original state. Needs a good cleaning and polishing. Minor corrosion to seal between lid and bottom portion of cooler...still seals though. Has original drain and drain tube to let melted ice out of cooler without having to tip it over or pour it out.

Vernors is Detroit's Drink - a flavored golden ginger ale aged for four years in oak barrels before bottling. Originating in 1866, it was the first U.S. soft drink, modeled after imported Irish ginger beers. James Vernor served the first glass of Vernors in his pharmacy at 235 Woodword Avenue. One hundred years after its origination, Vernors was sold to members of the New York Stock Exchange this being the beginning of many sales. 1971, the company was sold to American Consumer Products. In 1979, United Brands bought Vernors who ended bottling operations at the Detroit plant. The plant is gone, the flavor and history lives on.

THERE ARE SEVERAL VINTAGE VERNOR'S COOLERS....THIS ONE IS THE BEST...GREAT COLOR, RICHLY IMPRINTED LOGO...BRINGS BACK ALL THE MEMORIES...
YELLOW and GREEN. No Gnome...but it's all t! GREAT VINTAGE PIECE...GREAT PART OF DETROIT HISTORY...

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...PLEASE READ ON...ITS A GREAT STORY AND FUN HISTORY....
check out this site if you DON'T know the love story between Vernors and the People of Detroit. /history/story/index.cfm?id=209&category=business
Vernor's delivery trucks line up outside the newly expanded plant on Woodward in this 1915 photo.

Snack foods and pop, Detroit style
By Vivian Baulch / The Detroit News

In 1862 James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, was experimenting with a new drink using ginger root, but he couldn't get it right. Interrupted by a call to fight in the Civil War, he stored his concoction in a charred oak cask. Four years later when he returned, he tasted the aged liquid and found it to be "deliciously different." Detroit's own Vernor's ginger ale was born.

In 1896 Vernor opened a plant on Woodward near the river, filling oak barrels with his increasingly popular brew. By 1915 the facility had expanded and was also bottling the ale. Paintings of golden bearded gnomes rolling oak barrels decorated the building and advertised Vernor's Ginger Ale to Boblo patrons waiting to board the boats at the foot of Woodward. By the 1950s Civic Center projects required the prime land the old plant sat on and Vernor's relocated up Woodward near Warren on the site of the old Detroit convention center, and adjacent to the old WSU student hangout, Verne's. The new facility opened in 1954 and offered a view of bottles on long conveyer belts speeding by at a rate of 350 a minute, 75,000 cases a day. Free samples and Boston coolers (Vernor's with vanilla ice cream) quenched visitors' thirst. Boston cooler From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation , search A Boston cooler is a drink typically composed of ginger ale and vanilla ice cream . Variations abound, however, with club soda , sherbet , rum , milk , sugar , or even coffee sometimes added or substituted for the key ingredients. The root beer float , a similar beverage made from vanilla ice cream and root beer is also sometimes called a Boston cooler. [citation needed ] While the origins of the beverage are far from certain, some connect it with Boston Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan , the city in which Fred Sanders is credited with inventing the ice cream soda . It is known that by the 1880s the Boston cooler was being served in Detroit, made with the local Vernor's , an intense golden ginger ale, unlike the common modern dry ginger ales. Whatever the exact origins, the name almost certainly has no connection to Boston, Massachusetts , w the beverage is virtually unknown. It can be found most often in the Detroit regions many Coney Island style resturants, which are plentiful because of Detroit's Greektown district influence. National Coney Island is one of the few resturant chains to list the Boston Cooler in their menu. Any questions, please email me prior to auction end! Thanks for checking this item out. I'll be posting some architectural artifacts from OLD DETROIT TRAIN STATION shortly.


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