Collectible Cash register

Retro auction in Iowa is a veritable time machine

Rich Penn Auctions in Waterloo, Iowa, is hosting a gigantic auction of vintage soda shop memorabilia. Travel back to the days of poodle skirts and saddle shoes at this auction of soda fountain signs and ephemera. With a wide selection of nostalgic collectibles, this auction is the perfect place to find unique additions to your home bar or rec room. Those who are unable to travel to Waterloo to bid on the lots in person can visit iCollector. There, collectors can browse a virtual listing of all available lots and place absentee bids on their favorites. Should they be the highest bidder, the lot will be mailed to their home. iCollector makes it easy to browse and bid on antique and collectible auctions from around the globe from the comfort of your living room.

Soda shop favorites
The charm of yesteryear is preserved in a number of lots that look as good now as they did when they adorned the soda shops and cafes of small-town America. For example, a large three-spigot copper and brass hot beverage dispenser stands as a steampunk enthusiast's dream (lot #90). Two plastic, oversized ice cream cones (lot #95) look good enough to eat, while a pair of malted milk dispensers remain as perfect display containers for any kitchen (lot #146). In fact, there are a number of antique soda shop containers bearing the marks of vintage brands such as Horlick's, Johnston Hot Chocolate and Carnation Malted Milk (lots #168, 169, 170).

Antique advertisements
Collectors of vintage advertising will find a remarkable number of beautiful lots to choose from. A set of celluloid pocket mirrors and pencil clips bearing the insignia of various hardware and feed companies (lot #29) is just one of many such assorted groupings. Additionally, one will find several sets of beautifully decorated advertising change trays. One such set by National Cigar Stands Co. features art nouveau female portraits (lot #51). For more provincial charm, check out the die-cut advertising calendars for Hood's Sarsaparilla (lot #59). These gorgeous framed calendar pages are adorned with exquisite illustrations from the late 19th century.

The available lots at this auction don't end there. Everything from stoneware jars and vintage medical cabinets to neon signs and antique cash registers can be found among the more than 1,000 lots. Be sure to check out all the exciting items for yourself at