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1. The first modern coin-operated vending machines were introduced in London, England in the early 1880s, dispensing postcards. The machine was invented by Percival Everitt in 1883 and soon became a widespread feature at railway stations and post offices, dispensing envelopes, postcards and notepaper.
2. Coin-operated machines that dispensed tobacco were being operated as early as 1615 in the taverns of England. The machines were portable and made of brass.
3. An English bookseller, Richard Carlile, devised a newspaper dispensing machine for the dissemination of banned works in 1822.
4. Simeon Denham was awarded British Patent no. 706 for his stamp dispensing machine in 1867, the first fully automatic vending machine.
5. The first vending machine in the US was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company, selling gum on New York City train platforms. The idea of adding games to these machines as a further incentive to buy came in 1897.
6. From the 1950s until well into the 1970s, vending machines were used at American airports to sell life insurance policies covering death, in the event that the buyer’s flight crashed.
7. In November 2013 online auto retailer Carvana opened the first car vending machine in the US located in Atlanta.
8. In late 2012, 22 public high schools in Philadelphia installed vending machines providing free condoms.
9. The €2 coin is similar in size to the 10 baht coin (worth only €0.25). As a result, many vending machines in the Eurozone will not accept €2 coins.
10. Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people.