We had a request this week for three vintage water cooler (ideally from 1983) needed for a film set by one of our clients.
After a short time exploring our water cooler suppliers & friends we were able to find a suitable water cooler & also supply an original – albeit American – glass water bottle to fit on top of the water cooler.
Water coolers really only came to the UK in the 1980’s but the market in the United States had been growing since the start of the twentieth century with many local companies supplying basic water coolers & spring water in glass bottles.
The majority of vintage water coolers were large, cumbersome pieces of equipment which chilled water using relatively ineffective technology. In the 1980’s two important changes took place that changed the face of the industry and brought water coolers to the mass market.
1) Plastic water cooler bottles started to be mass produced and were a far more effective way of transporting spring water to customers
2) Water cooler technology improved and water coolers became smaller and more visually attractive – and therefore more suitable to office environments.
The images of the vintage water coolers below were taken from a friends archive. For more information on glass water cooler bottles see our collection archive on our sister website.