Tag "vending machines"
Machine Vends Single Cigarettes (Jun, 1933)

Machine Vends Single Cigarettes
AN EASILY operated vending machine which sells one cigarette at a time and yet complies with the laws has been marketed for use in public places. The fags are sold directly from the flat tins of fifty, and are made accessible to the buyer by the insertion of a penny in a slot.

SELF-SERVICE petrol pumps (May, 1962)

SELF-SERVICE petrol pumps are a London innovation. This special one sells a gas-oil mix for scooters—three pints for $.28.

Hottest Thing in Industry (Jan, 1947)

There is a lot to love in this article: the giant Radarange microwave oven that is “smaller than a refrigerator” to the Speedy Weeny hot dog vending machine. I think my favorite however is the caption for the Speedy Weeny where they refer to a hot dog as a “fido”. It’s has a level of indirection worthy of Cockney Slang.

Hottest Thing in Industry


STOCKY John Bulkeley showed the world what a P-T boat could do to a jap warship and the United States Navy was sold solid on the little torpedo sling-shots.

Messages clattered from the Pacific to the Pentagon in those early days of the war with Japan: “Give us P-T boats,” the Admirals cried.

War production chiefs swung into action. Orders, triple-stamped with the highest priorities, whirled through the topmost echelons and shot out to the shipyards. Builders rolled up their sleeves and went to work. The Navy waited impatiently.

Time passed, the Japs swallowed up, island after island in their seemingly inexorable sweep and again the admirals flashed Washington:

Scientist Invents Nickel-in-Slot Blood Pressure Machine (Sep, 1934)

Scientist Invents Nickel-in-Slot Blood Pressure Machine

EVERYONE has put a nickel in the slot to make a telephone call, to buy candy, gum, horoscopes, and various gewgaws and “prize” packages; but soon, according to Dr. George A. Snyder of Hollywood, Calif., it will be possible to get a blood pressure reading for the same price.

Since the public became aware of the fact that excessive blood pressure accounts for twenty per cent of all deaths of persons past 50 years of age, Dr. Snyder has kept pace with this growing interest by inventing a machine which will make it possible for individuals to keep a check on this condition with a minimum of cost and inconvenience. Any adult can operate the device.

Living Automatically (Jul, 1946)

Long before computer labs and internet cafes people had to make due with coin-op typewriters.

Living Automatically

New machines ready to serve at the drop of a coin

A New York restaurant has substituted machinery for waiters. The diner needs only to write out the order and drop the card into a slot in the table, as above (see PSM, Apr. ’40, p. 126). In a basement kitchen the food is prepared and, course by course, served through the center of the table, which operates like a dumb-waiter (right) by hand or hydraulic power, compressed air, or electricity.