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Harris Automatic Coin Changer

July 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Harris Automatic Coin Changer was designed to operate on all kinds of vending machines including soda, cigarette and candy vendors. It could be modified to return change in many different combinations, as needed. An important feature at the time was the ability to prevent “jackpotting”, or releasing a gush of coins all at once. [...]

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Tags: Antique Advertising

Coca-Cola Dispenser Delivery Truck

May 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The vintage photo above is of a Coca-Cola Dispenser Service delivery truck. This is a great old photo, not only of the 1919 Ford Model T truck, but it also shows a variety of vintage Coca-Cola bottle dispensers. These coolers were probably destined for Mom and Pop stores throughout the neighborhood.

The dark colored cooler on [...]

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Tags: Coca-Cola · Soda Coolers · Unique & Unusual

Antique Coca-Cola Water Cooler

March 29th, 2010 · 8 Comments

This illustration is from an old advertisement in our archives for a Coca-Cola water cooler/bottle vendor combination. Based on the Coke logo and the styling of the unit, it most likely dates from about 1920 to 1930. This innovative vendor is a water cooler with a cooling box to hold bottles of Coca-Cola. It’s really [...]

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Tags: Coca-Cola · Coolers · Unique & Unusual

Park-O-Meter Parking Meters

March 8th, 2010 · 57 Comments

This is an assortment of Park-O-Meter parking meters. They were manufactured by the Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter Company. The founder of this company, Carl C. Magee, is recognized as the first person to receive a patent for a paying parking meter. His patent was issued in 1938. Magee’s invention of the parking meters was the result of [...]

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Tags: Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Unique & Unusual

Fire Department Call Box Restoration

March 1st, 2010 · 7 Comments

These photos are of the restoration process we went through with a fire department call box. It came to us in pretty bad shape and required sandblasting, repair work, wiring and repainting. The manufacturer is unknown, but the style strongly resembles that of Gamewell fire boxes of the 1940s and 1950s. Gamewell Corp. of Massachusetts [...]

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Vendo V-240 Soda Case Vending Machine

February 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

We know that this is a Vendo V-240 case vending machine, but have not seen any more information on this machine. It looks like a model designed specifically for factories and other large places and was probably produced in very small numbers. It was a very large machine, capable of dispensing 10 cases of soda, [...]

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Tags: Soda Vending Machines · The Vendo Company · Unique & Unusual

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