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English Honor Box
Tobacco Vending Machine

circa 1750 - 1825, the first commercially successful vendor, first used in English taverns. Some of them made their way to the American colonies. Relatively rare

You insert an English half penny or any other coin, then push the plunger and the lid opens.

The customer was then on his honor to only take a certain amount of product and to close the lid when done.

The vendor had a handle so it could be passed around. The vendor got the name Honor Box because patron's were "honor-bound" to close the lid and thereby relatch it as he pased it on to the next patrol.

Made of brass, Very good original condition, fully working, Comes with a few English half pennies, but quarters and nickels work as well

Dimensions: 5: wide, 9" long, 7" high.

Price: $895 plus $39 shipping SALE: $495

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SALE: $495


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SALE $495

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HISTORY OF
VENDING MACHINES

Vending machines were widely used in Europe before they became popular in the United States. The first commercial coin operated post card vendor was introduced in London in the early 1880s.

In 1888, the Thomas Adams Gum Co. was the first company to introduce vending machines in America. Thomas Adams installed vending machines on elevated subway platforms in New York City to sell his Tutti-Fruiti gum. In 1897, the Pulver Manufacturing Company added animated figures to its gum machines as a way to attract patrons. The familiar round candy coated gumball that is so popular today was only introduced in 1907.

Vending machines became so popular in the United States that virtually everything was soon offered from a vending machine: cigars, postcards, stamps, etc. The first completely coin operated restaurant was opened in Philadelphia in 1902. It was called Horn & Hardart and was a popular institution until the 1960s when the fast food craze finally put them out of business.

Additional information on gumball, peanut and other vending machines can be found in Silent Salesmen Too by Bill Enes. These books are available from the -GameRoomAntiques Bookstore.

Copyright: 1996 Ken Durham

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