The First Commercial Vending Machine

Most people thought vending machines were a 19th century thing, but we are all wrong. The commercial vending machine was called an “honour box” made in the early 18th-century, in England. As customers inserted a coin into the metal mechanical box then received a measure of snuff (powdered tobacco product) or tobacco.

      18th Century

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