40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

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In this collection of photos you will see the oldest and most unusual vending machines in the world. Modern vending machines have gone far ahead, but it's always interesting to see where it all started!

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

These vintage pictures prove that the passion for automated shopping is not new.

The earliest known mention of a vending machine is in the work of Heron of Alexandria, an engineer and mathematician from first-century Roman Egypt. The machine designed by him accepted the coin, and then gave out holy water. When the coin hit the receiver, it fell onto a pallet attached to the lever. The lever opened a valve through which a little water flowed out. The pallet continued to tilt under the weight of the coin until it fell off it, after which the counterweight lifted the lever and closed the valve.

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Coin-operated vending machines for issuing tobacco were used as early as 1615 in the taverns of England. The machines were portable and were made of brass.

English bookseller Richard Carlisle invented a newspaper vending machine for distributing banned works in 1822. Simon Denham received British Patent No. 706 for his stamp vending machine in 1867, the first fully automatic vending machine.

The first modern coin-operated vending machines were introduced in London, England, in the early 1880s and were intended for the sale of postcards. The machine was invented by Percival Everitt in 1883 and soon became widely used at train stations and post offices, distributing envelopes, postcards and paper for notes.

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

In 1887, Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Company was founded in England - as the first company engaged mainly in the installation and maintenance of vending machines.

In 1893, Stollwerck, a German chocolate manufacturer, was selling its chocolate through a network of 15,000 vending machines. The company founded separate companies for the production of vending machines for the sale of not only chocolate, but also cigarettes, matches, chewing gum and soap.

The first vending machine in the United States was built in 1888 by Thomas Adams Gum Company to sell chewing gum on New York train platforms.

The idea of adding games to these machines as an additional incentive to purchase originated in 1897 when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures that would move whenever someone buys chewing gum in their machines. This idea gave rise to an entirely new type of mechanical devices known as "trade stimulators".

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Book-o-mat, a book vending machine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Pie vending machine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for lit cigarettes for a penny

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Perfume dispenser with coin receiver

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for buying air insurance

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for music records

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

The whole supermarket is like vending machines with different departments

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Bait vending machine for fishermen

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machines for carbonated water with syrup, Moscow

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Reader's Digest Magazine vending Machine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Automatic pantyhose vending machine, France

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for light bulbs

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Sandwich vending machine. The 1940s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A vending machine at a Macy's store where men's shorts were sold for just 97 cents

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for hot lunches in Zandvoort in the Netherlands

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Milk vending machine in London

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Coal vending machine, London

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A fruit vending machine on the London Underground. The 1920s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A woman buys fruit from a vending machine at Paddington Station in London. The 1920s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

An advanced vending machine for carbonated drinks from the Maiwarm company from Chicago. Did not require a siphon

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine in the cafeteria called Automat, 1940s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Coffee vending machine, 1947

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A device for selling sandwiches. It was first shown at an exhibition in Chicago. The 1950s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Multifunctional vending machine for selling soft drinks (Coca Cola, orange juice) and hot soup

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Office vending machine selling Campbell soup. The 1950s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for the sale of postage stamps

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A woman buys a pair of nylon stockings from a vending machine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Ice cream vending machine, 1952

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A large selection: sandwiches, hot soup or hot chocolate, coffee, soft drinks, fresh milk and chilled fruits. onethousandninehundredfiftynine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

People buy fresh eggs at local farms from vending machines. 1960s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Buying fresh eggs at the vending machine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A woman uses the UK's first potato vending machine. Chelsea, 1962

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

A woman in Berlin, Germany, buys a watch from a vending machine. The 1960s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Whiskey vending machine

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Beer vending machine, 1960s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for basic necessities, 1960s

40 photos of vintage vending machines that you didn't even know about

Vending machine for hot drinks with the ability to use a bank card, 1960s

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