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1950s Ice Cream Bike

Apr 14, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

While in the restoration business we worked on this ice cream vending bicycle produced during the 1950s. Made by Worksman Cycles (Queens, NY), this bike has a cooler with dual compartments attached to a tricycle. There is a row of bells on the handle bar to attract customers. Worksman is still around today and is the oldest bike

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1950s AMF BMC Pedal Car

Apr 13, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

We restored this beautiful black and gold pedal car is from the AMF 600 series. Made by BMC Corporation, the series included the A-611 Jet-Ace Convertible, the A-613 Mainliner Fire Chief and the A-618 Hook & Ladder. Based on the chassis styling, this appears to be a reworked Hook & Ladder model. Note the fancy custom

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1941 Mercury Wagon

Apr 12, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

The 1941 ride-on toy catalog described this wagon as, “An unusual value in a streamlined coaster wagon, built for speed and durability.” For $4.41, this was quite a value – but remember, that was in 1941 dollars. The sleek art deco styling of this wagon includes “dummy headlights” on the sides to give this toy a fast

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1950s Ride the Champion Kiddie Ride

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This is a 1950s era kiddie ride that we completely restored while operating as Vintage Vending. This is Champion, modeled after cowboy Gene Autry’s horse. It’s electric and coin-operated. These were very popular at the time they were made and are still being made today. Sorry, this item is not for sale. We show restored items

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1940s Stoner Candy Machine

Apr 11, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This is a Stoner Candy Vending Machine from the 1940s that we restored. It was manufactured by Stoner Mfg. Corp. of Aurora, Illinois. We don’t know much about this unet, but judging from the elegant design, we believe this vendor must have been used in places like hotel lobbies or other upscale environments. It has

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Pepsi-Cola Double Selmix Dispenser

Apr 07, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Manufactured from 1949 to 1958, the Double Selmix was able to dispense soda from two taps. This unit also featured the “Outboard Motor” shape. Sorry, this item is not for sale. We show restored items in our museum for viewing, information and to further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also just want to

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Early 20th Century Round Icebox

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This is a beautifully restored vintage metal icebox. It was manufactured somewhere around 1918 and was designed to keep food and water cool in the home. Called the White Frost Sanitary Refrigerator, this unit kept things cool with a block of ice placed in the top compartment. The iceman would have delivered the ice, probably

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1950s Pepsi Selmix Fountain Dispenser

Apr 06, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

The late ’40s and 1950s brought us tons of modern design trends, including industrial and dispensing products. Among them was Pepsi-Cola’s famed Selmix dispensers. This Pepsi-Cola Selmix 26 soda fountain dispenser was made by the Selmix Dispenser Corporation (St. Paul, Minnesota). It was referred to as having an “Outboard Motor” design because of its shape. It

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