Vending Machines Undergo a Complete Overhaul


By Jeffrey Lumetta – Milestones in Vending History

  • 215 B.C. Hero of Alexandria, and Egyptian mathematician invents a device that dispenses holy water when a coin is inserted
  • 1076: The Chinese produce coin-operated pencil vending
  • 1700s: Coin-fed tobacco boxes appear in English taverns
  • 1886: The US issues several patents for coin-operated dispensers
  • 1888: Thomas Adams Company installs gum machines in New York train platforms
  • 1905: US Post Office introduces stamp-vending machines
  • 1930s: Ice-chilled soda machines are introduced



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