The Little Known Secrets of Vending Machines!

Vending machines are taken for granted. People use them every day. They spend time looking through the pockets or the purses to find the right amount of change. They put their coins in the slot, carefully select the right button and wait for their snack or drink to fall into the slot where it can be retrieved. They are used every day, but most people barley give them a thought. If you asked one hundred people when the first vending machine was invented, it is doubtful more than a handful would guess the right decade, or century!

The history of food or drink dispensing equipment dates back farther, much farther than most people realize. The first machine was invented and put to use in the first century AD – that’s right, twenty-one centuries ago. A Greek engineer, Heron of Alexandria is said to have created a machine that dispensed holy water by use of a counterweight system after a customer inserted a bronze coin into the coin slot. The machine’s history entered a long, dark period and it wasn’t until the early 1880s, when coin-operated machines in London dispensed post cards. An English bookstore owner and publisher invented vending equipment that dispensed books around the same time.

Vending machines came across the pond in 1883 and were introduced by the Thomas Adams Gum Company. Continue reading »

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