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Refrigerated Apples Vending Machine

July 18th, 2008 · 9 Comments

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Refrigerated Apple Vending Machine

Refrigerated Apples Vending Machine

I never realized there was such a market for fruit vending machines back in the day. This cool-looking machine is the third fruit vendor that we have come across a photo or literature on. It appears to be a 1950’s machine and was probably rare even back then. If you have ever seen one of these or have any information on it we would love to hear from you.

Tags: Fruit Dispensers · Unique & Unusual

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis Wurster // Jan 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    in the 1988-1990 era, my junior high school in Canandaigua, NY had an apple vending machine near the cafeteria. I believe the apples cost a dime. The machine was very old, fully metal, with fading paint. It was surprising to us kids that this ancient thing still worked, but it did.

  • 2 Jean-Anne Hawse // Oct 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I also enjoyed the apple vending machine that was located down the hall from our gymnasium in Vernon Secondary School, in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.

    It was a great idea and an excellent alternative to chips, candy bars, etc.

    I am not sure…But I think that Sun Rype/Kelowna, BC, was the owner of the machine. It was fairly modern looking as I recall.

  • 3 galiongirl // Feb 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Our Jr High/Middle School in Galion, Ohio had one of these contraptions in our basement near the cafeteria as well many years ago. It didn’t quite resemble the one in the picture, as it was more vertical than horizontal. But the same basic idea.

    If memory serves me correct it was red, and we nicknamed it ” Lucky the one armed bandit.” Sometimes the apples were good and sometimes they sucked.

  • 4 tony the pitiful copywriter // Jun 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I was in elementary school, the then-Wheeler Road School, in Central Islip, Long Island from about 1962-1968.

    The entire time there we had a refrigerated fruit vending machine with apples, oranges and sometimes pears. I think it was a nickel. Ours did not look the one in your photo, however.

    I do recall the fruit being wonderfully chilled and crispy fresh.

  • 5 booya // Jul 16, 2010 at 5:39 am

    We had one at Bethel Senior High School in Graham, Washington State. It was right outside the entrance to the library and I swear, every single apple that I bought, was fresh and so very crisp! Ours was a simple red wooden box with the metal contraptions that vended the apples. This was 1985 and cost a quarter each. Really miss those days.

  • 6 Scott Gussin // Mar 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I have just gotten a Vendo DS 808 or R Apple Vending Machine. I can’t find anything about it – NOTHING – NADA – ZIP! Can some one just provide some info? Thanks

  • 7 Janet // Sep 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I also remember the apple machine and would love one in our school, if any one knows if there still around ,could you let us know where to find one!

  • 8 Vin // Nov 3, 2011 at 12:19 am

    My great-grandfather invented the Apple vending machine. I’ve been trying to locate one for myself. I’m really looking forward to tracking one down for myself. (Nostalgia and all that.)

  • 9 Terry Gibson // May 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    When I was in high school, 1953 to 1955, in Van Nuys, California I worked for an Apple Vending machine company. Does anyone have any information about what happened to that company and what happened to the Oatey family that owned it? I went to school with Patricia and Dave Oatey whose father owned the business.

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