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Object Name Cooler, Water
Catalog Number 2013.032.575
Collection American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee
Description This water cooler / dispenser was used by The American National Red Cross, as is evidenced by the large sticker added to the front. It belonged to the Chattanooga Chapter, known because of the small plaque affixed under the spigot. The piece is dated to the 1950s or early 1960s. The manufacturing mark on the bottom of the dispenser reads:


William Stanley Jr. revolutionized the vacuum bottle insulation industry in 1913 when he proved that steel containers could be used in place of glass. His company evolved and eventually manufactured many products, from personal canteens to the large beverage dispenser pictured here. Landers, Frary & Clark purchased the Stanley Insulating Company in 1921 and moved its operations to New Britain, Connecticut, which is where this particular piece was produced. By 1952, Stanley products were being used by commercial and military airlines, railroads, hospitals, and ships. The company was moved to Nashville, TN in 1965 after it was purchased by Aladdin.

When World War II began, the American Red Cross created the Canteen Corps, which served snacks and meals at docks, airports, railroad stations, military posts, and at Red Cross blood donor centers, childcare centers, and school. Most actions were contained to the United States. It is possible that this beverage dispenser was used in such efforts that took place around Chattanooga.
Date 1950-1960
Dimensions H-22 Dia-10.75 Cir-33.5 inches
Accession number 2013.032