Back in the Day, Everything Was Sold in Vending Machines

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The other day I stumbled upon one of those futuristic vending machines that sell ridiculous items that I'd never buy from a vending machine. There was no way in hell I was dropping 200 bucks in that machine just to see an iPod get stuck. Ah, vending machines, when did they get so complicated?

I forgot how simple vending machines once were! You put a quarter in and out pops instant satisfaction. LIFE has a great gallery of classic vending machines and it seems like you could get anything from them back in the days of black and white photos. So much possibility! Whisky, hot meals, perfume, canned fruit, eggs, fruit chocolate and even airline insurance all had their own little vending machines. What a world. [LIFE]

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I know there are banana vending machines in Japan but how come they haven't brought them to America yet? I'll take a re-introduction to this canned fruit machine as a consolation.

Illustration for article titled Back in the Day, Everything Was Sold in Vending Machines

This is a real winner. Whisky to go. My God, bring this back!! And yes, it's a cop out to to call everything Mad Men-esque when you look at old pictures, but come on, it's whiskey and girls getting prettied up with pearls and perfume.

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I wish I could find a video of this, but I saw a beer commercial once, where a guy walks up to a newspaper vending machine. He puts his money in, opens the hatch, and pulls out a beer. As he's about to close the hatch, he pauses, looks around for a second, and then reaches in and pulls out four or five more before leaving. A caption with accompanying voice over appears and says, "See, people? That's why we don't sell them like that!"