This is a GREAT VINTAGE WATER JUG/Cooler! Actually, the wagon on I worked on in the cornfields of DeKalb Illinois had one JUST LIKE THIS for a while!!! My partner & I working in our block, would drink out of it! It is terrific! (not this particular, just to clarify).
This is in REALLY nice shape considering it's age...and there is a small dent in the top, and a small dent in the cap as well. However, cap comes on and off just fine! In addition, the rubber "O" ring on the inside of the cap is intact (which you dont see very often) AND, the rubber pour is still in really RUBBERY good shape!
Color is still very vibrant, and label is intact with the exception of "INC" has a little wear to the letter C
Dimensions are: 12" high x 8 1/2 " across.
Made in Macomb Illinois, home of the Western Illinois Leathernecks!
Great addition to a collection, great decor, or even for functional use! Clean inside too!
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NOW for a THERMOS HISTORY: CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In 1907, Thermos GmbH sold the Thermos trademark rights to three independent companies: The American Thermos Bottle Company of Brooklyn, NY; Thermos Limited of Tottenham, England; Canadian Thermos Bottle Co. Ltd. of Montreal, Canada. The three Thermos companies operated independently of each other, yet developed the Thermos vacuum flask into a widely sought after product that was taken on many famous expeditions, including: Lieut. E.H. Schackelton's trip to the South Pole; Lieut. Robert E. Peary's trip to the Arctic; Colonel Roosevelt's expedition to Mombassa and into the heart of the African Congo with Richard Harding Davis. It even became airborne when the Wright Brothers took it up in their airplane and Count Zepplin carried it up in his air balloon. In 1952, The American Thermos Bottle Company acquired controlling stock in The Plastene Corporation in Crawfordsville, IN, a manufacturer of injection molded plastic products. This acquisition gave Thermos 2 injection molding facilities in the U.S., and greater expertise in this emerging technology. In 1953, a subsidiary company, Plastene Ltd. of Canada, was formed to produce molded plastic parts for Canadian Thermos. Branching out further in 1955, The American Thermos Bottle Company acquired control of Hemp and Company, Inc. of Macomb, IL, manufacturers of the "Little Brown Jug" and other insulated jugs and chests as well as Duncan Hines outdoor grills. To reflect the growing diversity of products, the names of the North American companies were changed in 1956. The American Thermos Bottle Company became The American Thermos Products Company, and the Canadian Thermos Bottle Co. Ltd. changed its name to Canadian Thermos Products Limited. In 1957, 50 years after the company started in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, the Thermos brand vacuum bottle was known almost universally for use with food and beverages. But it also proved useful in science, medicine and industry. It had been used in various instruments measuring electric power, rate of climb in airplanes, detection of oil deposits and weather recording. It had also been used to transport rare tropical fish and to preserve and transport blood plasma, serums, bones, tissues and insulin. During the first 50 years, Thermos had a relatively stable ownership. In the next three decades there were three major ownership changes. In 1960, the U.S., U.K. and Canadian companies were purchased by the King-Seeley Company to form the King-Seeley Thermos Company. In 1965, King-Seeley Thermos purchased Structo Manufacturing of Freeport, IL, a manufacturer of outdoor cooking grills. Ownership changed hands again in 1968 when King-Seeley Thermos Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Household Finance Company of Chicago, which later became Household International. That corporation was attempting to diversify outside its consumer finance business and eventually bought and sold companies involved in transportation, retailing and manufacturing. By 1971, over 50% of the production of Thermos Limited of England was being exported to over 100 different companies. The company was presented with the Queen's Award to Industry for these export achievements. The U.S. operation continued to expand. In 1972, an additional parcel of land was purchased at the Taftville, CT operation and the following year an adjoining building was purchased. In 1974, a second addition was built onto the Macomb, IL plant. In 1982, as part of a parent company reorganization, the King-Seeley name began to be replaced by Household International. In 1983, Household expanded its manufacturing holdings by acquiring the Wallace Murray Company. The combined operation came to be known as Household Manufacturing. For the next 6 years, Household restructured its manufacturing operations. Several production facilities were moved from northern U.S. locations where they had been long established, to sites in various southern states. A major product introduction in 1985 was the Coffee Butler, a vacuum insulated glass carafe. The product was an enormous success and became one of the top housewares products in North America in 1985. In late 1986, Household Manufacturing merged Thermos with Structo to form a single consumer products division in the U.S. In the 5 years between 1983 and 1988, the owner of Thermos, Household International, had restructured the company by closing facilities in Norwich and Taftville, CT; Macomb, IL and Anaheim, CA. Also, the operations of Thermos and Structo had been merged.