When was the vending machines found in vogue?
First VENDING MACHINES
The first VENDING MACHINES operating on the coin-in-the slot principle were the so-called ‘honesty’ tobacco boxes, which are known to have made their appearance in English Taverns by 1615. Insertion of a penny in the slot would release the lock on the lid of the box, enabling the customer to take out a pipeful of tobacco. A strong element of trust entered into this method of vending, relying as it did on the purchaser taking no more than the permissible pipeful, and on his shutting the lid again. though it is unlikely the box was ever allowed out of the publican’s range of vision. These primitive vending machines remained in use until well into the 19th century.