Thu 16 Feb 2012
I’ve always wanted an old vending machine or pinball machine in my house. When I was a kid we had a 1940’s juke box that played 78 rpm records which was really cool. From time to time we had various old arcade machines make their way through and it was always fun.
My oldest brother used to buy broken down machines, repair them, and resell them. He would enlist me and my friends to test them out and it was great. I remember an old arcade shooting gallery that stayed in the garage for a while that kept my brother in nickels from the local kids for quite some time.
However, one machine I never saw come through the house was an Automated Whiskey Machine. Believe it or not, there was a whiskey vending machine back in the day – something I doubt we will ever see the likes again. I came across this picture (below) in the archives of Life Magazine circa 1960.
The machine pictured was a prototype that appeared at a vending machine industry exhibition in London. You could serve up straight whiskey, or have it mixed with soda or water. I am not sure if it ever took off, but I love the idea of it.
Of course should ever I come across one of these babies, I will replace “whiskey” with good old Kentucky bourbon. Ah, to dream…