The Vending Machine


An automat in Manhattan, New York City in 1936. Photo by Berenice Abbott. Wikimedia Commons

Automatons that sell goods on behalf of humans? Vending machines are so ubiquitous in our world that we tend to overlook the weirdness and wonder of the advancement. In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick quest after the first vending machines.

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