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1940s Cigarette Vending Machine

May 11th, 2009 · 74 Comments

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Cigarette Vending Machine

This is a 1940s cigarette machine that we restored. With smoking as popular as it was at the time, these machines would have been used nearly everywhere. Its beautiful art deco design indicates that it was probably used in a nice restaurant, nightclub or theater. We’re not sure who the manufacturer is, so if you have an idea, blog-in and let us know what you think.

1940s Cigarette Vendor

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Candy & Cigarette Machines · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Coolers

74 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rich // May 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Guys the Cig Machine is made by U-Needa Merchandiser Brooklyn NY. 1930;s Rich

  • 2 vintagevending // May 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the information Rich!

  • 3 Kelly Guswiler // May 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I have a vintage 40’s cigarette machine which I want to restore to dispense small format artwork (yes like the Artomats). Right now, I just need to know how to reset (?) the coin slot to accept tokens…anyone?…anyone??

    Thanks! — Kelly G!

  • 4 vintagevending // May 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

    From Jerry Rumph:
    I have a warehouse full of old National 222 cigarette machines.I have plenty of parts.To all interested parties
    email me @ rumphj2006@yahoo.com.I’ll be glad to see if i can help you out.

  • 5 Bob Rumph // May 31, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    This machine may be a Degrunger ??? Not sure about the spelling. I have a similar one. Probably a later model.

  • 6 Bob Rumph // May 31, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    To use a token, you will have to take the magnet out of the top mechanism. The magnet catches odd metals instead of coins.

  • 7 Jerry Rumph // Jun 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    How are you dispensing the art work?I take it they are in boxes.Where are you getting the boxes?If you will let me know email me @ rumphj2006@yahoo.com.Thanks alot.

  • 8 dan // Aug 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I have a 1940 Rowe standard merchandiser that I am trying to find parts for. It is a candy vending machine that seems almost impossible to find info on. The brass tag on the face of it says Rowe MFG. Belleville NJ. If anyone has parts, knows where to get parts or just has any information on it I would appreciate it. Thanks

  • 9 Mark // Sep 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I have a cigrette machine that takes 30 cents and one that 35 cents if anyone is interested it them email me mbeitler@rtrbusinessproducts.com

  • 10 Kirstin // Sep 9, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I have two vintage cig machines like this that I am trying to sell but I don’t know for how much… they are beautiful. they are from the 50’s maybe older.

  • 11 Randy George // Oct 14, 2009 at 12:33 am

    I am looking for a vintage style cigarette machine for a home bar.

  • 12 Brenda // Oct 31, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I have a 1940 Rowe Candy Merchandiser, non-refurbished that I am looking to sell. I am in Pennsylvania and unsure of the best place to list this item. I’m not even sure what price to ask? Any suggestions?

  • 13 vintagevending // Nov 2, 2009 at 10:56 am


    Keep an eye out on eBay and Craig’s List for an item like yours. That should give you an estimate of what yours is worth. If anyone can help with the value of this item, please comment.

  • 14 dan // Nov 3, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Hi Brenda, My name is Dan. I had posted on here a few months ago trying to find parts for my Rowe Merchandiser. Have you figured out what you are looking to get for the machine? I also live in PA. Whereabouts are you? Thanks for your time.
    My email address is danm@savannajones.com

  • 15 Don // Nov 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    need a 50s cigarette machine for a small low budget movie, and probably use it in a real life bar for conversation. Need not be perfect so long as it looks s50-60s period. I ‘m in Baton Rouge so shipping, packing etc is a factor. Also looking for a couple workable bar mounted beer openers. You know…before the pull tab .
    My Email is dweber9414@peoplepc.com

  • 16 harold // Dec 24, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I was wondering if breanda has any pictures of the rowe candy machine and how to contacther as I may be interested

  • 17 G. Sander // Mar 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Looking for coin box and change mechanism for 1950 Seeburg, cigarette machine. Model W14Tl

  • 18 vintagevending // Mar 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    G. Sander,

    Try rumphj2006@yahoo.com. He says he has many types of parts for these machines.

  • 19 Don // Apr 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    RE: 1940s? DuGrenier electric cigarette dispenser

    I’m trying to help out a buddy who has the above. Can anyone help with info and/or possible lead on another to augment the one he has?

  • 20 R. Zagel // Jun 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I have 2 Stoner vending machines I am selling. I believe 1 is a Junior and the other is a Univender (candy, gum & mint). I am located in Western Washington State. I do have them both listed on Ebay Classifieds.com. I’ve had these machines for twelve years and I’ve always wanted to restore them, but never have had the right moment to do so. They are unique and would make someone a nice piece for their business or rec. room.

  • 21 R. Zagel // Jun 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    As for the types of vending machines, I’m with the other guys in their thoughts. The odd foot one looks more like ROWE styling and this other one the DuGrenier.

  • 22 B.Littleton // Jul 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I have a 1940 cigarette machine like the one displayed – totally restored. If I where to attempt to sell what could the going price be?

  • 23 Randy // Aug 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I have a very similar vending machine to this one. It has a the name of the company U-Need-A-Pack on the front. I can’t find much information about this about this company though. I was also thinking about restoring it. Does any one know how to get parts? I was also wondering if this machine vends packs or dispenses single cigarettes?

  • 24 DanS // Oct 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I have a non restored 1930’s cigarette machine that seems to be rare I am looking to sell
    It is made by american tobacco venders inc.
    it has a lucky strike logo on the front and us war bonds logos on the sides and front contact Dan at softtailer91@yahoo.com Thanks

  • 25 Jim // Oct 17, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Hi guys, I have a 9 column national vendor cigarette machine not restored yet but not in bad shape.I worked filling this machine and many others in the 70’s and 80’s have any thoughts on the value?

  • 26 Mike // Nov 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Looking for an old cigarette machine for my den. Send photo and price.

    Orange County, CA

  • 27 Jim // Dec 6, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I’ve been getting about 200.00 to 250.00 for the 9 column machine in decent condition. usually knobs are covered in surface rust. If you got good knobs may be worth a bit more. Not moving like they were a few years ago.

  • 28 Bill // Dec 6, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I have a few of the old national 30 cent machines. wodering wheres a good place to buy replacement chrome. especially the knobs. Thought about having re-chromed. but seems expensive.

  • 29 bobby // Dec 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m looking for a 50 cent single cigarette dispensing vending machine that is tabletop mounted does anyone know were I could find one

  • 30 Frank Sahagun // Jan 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Interested in this machine, please contact me in regards and if you have anything that would look good in a restroom I would appreciate it as well…

  • 31 gary katsaris // Jan 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    i have a candy machine and cigarette machine royal crown cola vmc 110 restored vendo coke machine all machines restored all for sale 949 3075894 all from the 50 s call if interested cigarette machine is a national 30 cent

  • 32 gary katsaris // Jan 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    restored candy machine 15 cents 949 3075894 gary select o matic 100 see burg juke box restored

  • 33 garykatsaris // Jan 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    i have a restored candy machine and cigarette machine, royal crown vmc 110 cola machine and a vendo coke machine. call gary 949 3075894

  • 34 Graham // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Looking for a 40’s 50’s or 60’s cigarette machine.. must be working.. thank you!

  • 35 Dan // Jan 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I have recently aquired two Dugrenier Cigarette Machines. They are exact twins other then the color. They have 12 to 15 available selections and are 1950’s or 1960’s era machines. One is Pink the other is Green. The coin slot on one is 25 cents the other is 40 but looks like it was increased from 25. I am happy to provide pictures if there is an interest in these and will sell them once I understand more about what they are worth or have an offer I cannot refuse. I am located in Sacramento California.
    No Rust no damage on one the other has been pried open but would repair easily. I am already getting a quote to repair the damaged one. I look forward to hearing from anyone that may have knowladge of these units. They were stored inside where I purchased them and have been for many years. they are approx 4 feet tall 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. The only writting is the name it is written in chrome letters accross the entire front of the machine. They are about an inch tall.

  • 36 E.H. // Feb 3, 2011 at 12:06 am

    looking for a manual for rowe cig.machine and for the stoner candy vendor ehglas_1@juno.com

  • 37 Janet Killoran // Mar 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Help! I have a vintage cigarette machine when cigs were 35 cents per pack. Don’t know manufacturer. How do I sell in Canada?

  • 38 Jimmy O. // Mar 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hi I have a cig. machine similar to the one displayed.It needs to be restored.I would like to do it myself but need some info on restorations.This machine was at the empire state bldg.and has a stewart mcguire name plate on it.It is a dugrenier.I would appreciate any kind of info.

  • 39 Katherine Prichard // Mar 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I would like to know how much the vending machines would be worth today.

  • 40 charles rogers // Apr 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Do you have a coin 5-10 cent changer for a Stoner candy machine with gum dispenser?

  • 41 Rob // May 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I have a circa 1940’s National cigarette machine. It is extremely straight can find a ding. mirror is beautiful I have the keys and all. Would make a great restoration. call if interested 254.421.3794 or email for pics. racefanrob@yahoo.com

  • 42 maurice labrie // May 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

    good morning ; i have two dugrenier fifteen cent cigarette machines that i am restoring and need parts very bad can some one lead me to parts ?
    thanking you maurice

  • 43 Shawn // May 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I have a wall mounted 20 cent four brand cigarette machine that I would like to value and sell. Its in fair condition and good for a restoration. Contact me at webbiefastcars.com for pics. Thanks, Shawn

  • 44 Kim // May 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hi, my husband is the grandson of the inventor (& producer/distributor) of U-Need a Pack. I would like to buy any machine (but especially a cigarette vending machine U-Need a Pack Cigarette from 1932.) for sentimental reasons. It does not have to have all parts or work. If you have any information, please email me at kimmynyc at yahoo.com Thank you very much!!

  • 45 joe // Jun 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    i have this exact machine….but the insides are
    long gone….is it worth anything?

  • 46 ED // Jun 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

    hi , I will be listing a very old art deco , stewart & mcguire , cigarette machine. i bought this for my sister when i was 16 years old, i am now 58 years old. my sister passed away. this sat in her living room since 1970. i bought it from an old fashioned antique/junk shop back in 1970 and remember i paid it off on time. the machine was bought locked with no key. she never tampered with it at all. the machine sat in her climate controlled home all these years. i will be listing it on ebay. i should have it listed in a day or so. it will probably have, antique, vintage cigarette machine, in the title. please take a look if interested. 6/17/11

  • 47 EDDIEM // Sep 5, 2011 at 11:27 am


  • 48 john // Sep 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I have an old cigarette machine
    it was 15 cents a pack.the only name I can find is U-need-a-pac. product company
    # 53788
    also the coin was I think changed to 25 cent from 15 cent
    I wanted to change it back as well.
    I wanted to get this completely restored
    to its originality

  • 49 Charles Rogers // Sep 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Does anyone have a Stoner Candy 5-10 cent changer for sale?

  • 50 Charles Rogers // Sep 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm


  • 51 john // Sep 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I have a cigarette machine
    it is being restored

  • 52 David // Oct 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I have an early 40s to 50s don’t know DeGrenier cigarette machine for sale, call me or email me for pics and details. 903-436-5757

  • 53 Steve // Oct 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Anyone have parts for a National Vendor model 10c Candy Machine?

  • 54 Mike // Oct 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I am looking for a old stoner candy machine for sale if anybody knows of one…thanks!!

  • 55 roland // Dec 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I have a 1cent cigarette slot machine.it displays a women holding a cigarette. It has a tag with the name Ginger.this slot machine is in good condition but appears to be old I. Can’t seem to find any info on it. Can someone help me.thanks…rolwor61@yahoo.com

  • 56 Simon // Jan 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    John, tell me more about your U-Need-A-Pak, and please put an email or number on your post. I need more information on those machines. The inventor, Louis Steiner, is my grandfather.

  • 57 JAMES PATTERSON // Feb 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Hello, I just bought a wall hanging 4 colmn 20 cent machine. No ID on it? Has 2 chrome trim strips on the front, insert 2 dimes and pull handle. Any information is appreciated. Brand, style, name. Approx. worth? My e-mail is jtinkertoy@aol.com. or phone 817-253-2736. Thanks James

  • 58 Brian // Mar 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Looking for an old cig machine from the 1930’s-1940’s. Please email if you have one. Also looking for a candy machine from that era.

  • 59 Melissa // Apr 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I have 4 fox brand cig vending machines. I don’t know the value. They r the pull knob types. Any info appreciated

  • 60 Brian // May 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Hello. I can help with values on old cig or candy machines. Email me at Seven181@aol.com. I will try to help you. I am also looking to buy old style machines.

  • 61 Dave // Jul 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

    30 cent cigarette vending machine, manual mechanism with coin op, small counter model, 29H, 18W, 12D, ABCO Sticker, Round Mirror, 6 merchandise columns, National Rejectors, Inc Coin Op.
    Have never seen one like it in many online searches. Curious of Mfg, rarety, value. Have pictures and patent #’s of coin op. Have looked online for years and see none similar. Pics avalable.

  • 62 Lisa // Aug 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I have a absolute pristine condition Lucky Strike made by Tobacco Venders of America. Even the manufacturer tag on the back is spotless. Wondering on the worth of this item.


  • 63 vintagevending // Aug 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    You can get an idea of how much these are going for by looking at online auction sites or talking to other collectors. We do not give appraisals or estimates of market values for machines. Price is always a variable, depending on the timing in regard to the economy and what buyers are looking for.

  • 64 shawn // Dec 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    can anyone tell me about a select a pak cig vending machine i have one in really good shape but cant find any info

  • 65 David // Jan 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Great looking U-Needa machine. I sold a fully intact U-Needa merchandiser (Candy Machine). It differed by not having a cigarette on the bezel and it has different width slots in the mechanism. The mirror on mine was round, this one looks oval. I still have a top with a second mechanism. Missing the base and bezels for the mirror. I would like to make see it restored if anyone has the missing pieces or would want to take on the project.

  • 66 Tao Tao // Jan 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I buy vintage vending cigarette machine in Europe !!!

  • 67 Mike // Mar 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I am looking for the service manual for a National Vendors Series 222 Cigarette machine?

  • 68 Tom Bishop // May 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Gidday, I’m an Oz collector of Vintage Cigarette and candy/Lolly wall-mounted vending machines. If you have any for sale, will consider and reply to all.



  • 69 jay savana // Jan 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I’m looking to get my cigarette machine restored in dallas our somewhere close. Does anyone have any contacts that wouldn’t mind passing along?

  • 70 Andy Jones // Jan 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Hello… I just acquired a Canteen wall hanging 7 pull cigarette machine. The only numbers I can find on it are stamped inside . “C10″ and “13242″. I would like to find parts for it. The dispensing mechanism works, but the coin mech is missing, as is the panel behind the front glass that would display the cig. brands/ prices and the entire door lock mechanism (it was replaced with a lock & hasp). I have found only 1 other online that looks like it – http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/40229-canteen-cigarette-machine (mine doesn’t have the pedestal). Thank you for any help!

  • 71 Andy Jones // Jan 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Update- I found a manufacture date stamped on the back of the mirror glass while I was disassembling it. May 18, 1954. That’s when the mirror was made, so I would imagine the machine would have to be close to that vintage…

  • 72 Nico Loubser // Jan 24, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I have to restore an old Embassy cigarette dispenser. Have no idea where to start. Apparently all parts are intact. Is there a manual or anybody out there who can tell me where and how to start this project?

  • 73 Nico Loubser // Jan 24, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Please email me too.

  • 74 glenn nikles // May 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Help ! I’m in the final stages of putting some touches on the one I have, however mine has round windows that show the brand any idea of the price of cigarettes then ?

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