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the first vending machine
The first vending machine: In the 1880s, coin-operated machines were invented to create vending machines. They evolved from this simple version and became many forms. Vending machine manufacturers began to produce custom vending machines to meet the needs of a wider customer base. It is safe to say that the vending machine has had a long and interesting journey to reach where it is today.
The origins of vending machines can all be traced back to Egypt with its amazing temples. Hero of Alexandria, a Greek mathematician who was born in Alexandria, created a device that is very similar to today’s vending machines. This device dispensed holy waters inside temples.
A few other examples can be used as early examples of vending machines from around the globe. In taverns, small machines made of brass were installed around 1615. These machines were used to sell tobacco. The first fully automated vending machine, however, was invented in 1867 to disburse stamps.
The birth of commercial vending machines was represented by coin-operated machines. These machines were first introduced in London in the early 1880s. They were placed in places that were popular with customers, such as train stations or post offices. These machines were first designed to be used in places where customers required stationery products like postcards, notepapers, and envelopes.