I have written about all the more expensive dispensers, such as the Buckeye Root Beer from the thirties that sells for over $7000 and the Chero Crush that comes in at the same price, but there are others that will also bring you a great money.
With names such as Hires, CherriBon and Dr Pepper dispensers selling in the thousands, it isn't hard to figure out why I might want you to keep an eye out for dispensers. These little jewels that have brought such pleasure to so many in the soda shops, are now the collectors’ favorites. There is a whole list of dispensers listed in the Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide under advertising displays. If you don't own this book, there is very little I can do for you because it is a must for your success in the industry, as I have stated before.
Most dealers are aware of the dispensers that I have listed above but there is also a wide range of others that seem to get passed by that can make you a great deal of money. One place to find great depression era dispensers is in the book by Gene Florence called Kitchen Glassware of the Depression Years. This book would be a great addition to your library and can be found used on Amazon or Abe Books at reasonable prices.
Also, as I checked eBay for this blog, I came across some dispensers that I wasn't acquainted with. Here are just a couple: Orange Crush theater dispenser $3000, Vintage Ice Cream Soda Fountain Malted Milk dispenser $2000, Julep Soda Fountain Syrup dispenser $1200 and, one of my favorites because in my teens it was my favorite drink, Green River Syrup dispenser $510. It is a shame that our younger members will not experience going into a soda shop and ordering their favorite drink for a nickel.
There will always be interesting items for the collectors to search for and dispensers will definitely pass the test of time and not fade from the scene with collectors. When you enter a home and see one of these vintage dispensers being displayed, you can be assured that its owner has had his or her times in the soda shop. They may even have memories brought back of where he or she spent the afternoon sitting at one of those small round tables staring into the eyes of the person that would be his or hers forever.
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