It’s been a cold, nasty winter thus far in the Midwest. Although I haven’t ventured out to my normal haunts as much in this weather, one find over the break did fill my mind with thoughts of warmer months ahead.
Before enormous Igloo plastic coolers there was the Skotch Kooler designed by Petra Cabot. Everything was fashionable in the 1950s and something simple to keep your drinks cold on a picnic was no exception. And nothing says sporty like a nice tartan plaid. I just love these things and I was particularly excited to find this one. Why? Because I already had this one:
The much more common four gallon “Deluxe” model. When I found this an auction years ago, I was obsessed with it. I waited for hours for it to sell for a whopping $2. No other bidders. Nobody could see what I saw—the most fun, graphic cooler ever. I soon discovered that people must have been obsessed with it in the 50s too, because there were a lot of things designed to look exactly like it.
The lunch kits are among my favorite pieces. These kits usually contain a thermos and a lunchbox, but sometimes hold two thermoses or even two thermoses and a lunchbox. Such a stylish way to carry a bite to eat.
There are a lot of matching pieces left for me to find including multiple sizes of the Skotch Jug and, the one I’m most excited to find, Skotch Ice reusable cold packs.