This morning I had to get up early to get a front end alignment done on my wife's car. On the way I noticed one of my neighbors having a yard sale, and they had an older Coca Cola ice chest for sale. As I drove by I thought what a neat planter box that would make. I didn't have time to stop and I figured it would be gone by the time I got back.
It was still there when I got home so I stopped and bought it for $40 bucks. I did research on it online and it appears to be made sometime during the 1940's to early 1950's. This model was made by Westinghouse, Style Number is 128399 and Model Number is WE-6. This was used at retailers and is a cooler that is filled with water and ice and there was some sort of refrigerant system that kept the water cold.
It is really large, 3 feet wide by 4 feet long. The interior is 28 inches deep and is some sort of stainless steel / galvanized metal. It's really rough looking with surface rust, but I think that makes it perfect for a planter. I am going to fill it with soil and put it out on my gravel patio.
Of course I want to plant veggies in it, but my wife told me I have to put flowers in it. She wins...this year :) I know I couldn't build a planter box of this size for $40 dollars, so I think it was a good deal and it will look neat. I will post something when I get it all set up.
The bottom is open where the cooling system used to be, I am thinking about putting some storage under there for garden supplies.