The first practical refrigerating machine was built by in 1834; it used ether in a vapor compression cycle. It was not until the late 1800’s did we see this use in practical applications, more commonly used were Ice Boxes Ice Boxes were wood refrigerators lined with tin or porcelain Using block Ice. The more common Refrigerators of the 20’s thru to the 50’s are a growing trend among collectors.
In the early 1920’s the need for Iced type chest arose, such coolers were made of wood with zinc lined interiors and exteriors Painted to the Soda Brand of your choice. Soon to follow with the demand coolers were produced with metal Bodies and frames to accommodate insulation between the zinc tub and the exterior. Coolers were ordered with your brand, However many Beverage companies ordered coolers with there Brand Embossed, and this became the more common way of producing coolers into the fifties.