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CLASSIC SODA MACHINES
AND PRICE GUIDE
BOOK REVIEW


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As the '50s collecting craze started to take off, more and more collectors wanted a 50s jukebox and a soda machine for their game room. The soda machine became a hot coin-op collectible overnight. Prices soared and dealers began to restore old battered up machines to resell. They even began to appear in Sharper Image stores and catalogs.

For the first few years everyone was on his or her own. There were no identification or price guides. Then, several years ago, Steve Ebner published a guide on Coke machines. It quickly sold out and he had to reprint it and update the pricing . . . and then it sold out again.

While Coke machines are relatively plentiful, other soda machines are harder to find. How many different varieties were made? Were they less expensive or more expensive than Coke machines? Jeff Walters solved our problems. Not only does his book contain all Coke machines, it also covers the machines of Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up and Royal Crown Cola.

Under each color photo of the machine, there is a brief narrative and the key specifications (capacity, size, weight, means of cooling, type of operation, years of manufacture). There are a "rarity" ratings and pricing estimates for an average unrestored machine and a fully restored machine.

Classic Soda Machines also includes a chapter on the different companies that manufactured the machines for the soda companies and a listing of the soda collecting clubs you can join.

This paperback book is 220 pages in length. The third edition, released in October 1999, is 328 pages and contains over 275 color photos.

Copyright: 1999, Ken Durham



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Copyright: 2003 Ken Durham

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