Pictorial history of vending machines, from Ancient Greece to today


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I think the weather is a big part of it. Most of the machines I saw on my trips to Japan were drinks machines, and very welcome they were, too, during a day tramping around the city in high humidity and temperature. Other machines seen were cigarette dispensers, a few hot food machines, and even a book machine or two. Never noticed any panty machines, though, used or new.


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“used girl’s panties”?

Girl’s used panties is eeeww enough for me, but panties from used girls? I do not like the sound of that, at all!


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Pictorial history of vending machines, from Ancient Greece to today

I want to get this just to find out what kind of vending machines they had in ancient Greece. In my experience most vending machines only dispense ancient grease.

And I did once have a fun conversation, via post-it notes, with a number of other anonymous strangers on a vending machine. It started with a request to stock brownies and went in strange directions from there.

It went on for quite a while until restocking day arrived and one of my coworkers told me, “Stay out of the break room. The vending machine guy is pissed.”


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If anyone is interested in the Art-O-Mat machines, here are their locations, including one in Austria, one in Hawai’i, and two in Australia: Art-o-mat machines.


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