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Montfort's Envelope and Postage Stamp Vending Machine (1893)  
 

 
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Posted 10/29/2011   12:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
A recent SCF thread displayed some seemingly antique vending machines designed for dispensing postage stamps, which prompted me to occasionally check eBay listings for some unusual (or unusually old) stamp vending machine examples.

I just came up with this one, dating all the way back to 1893. Unfortunately, the auction is for the wooden box only; not the mechanics, but with the name and date of the object, I found the US Patent for the item.

I thought this item looked especially unusual and could very well be one of the first "vending machines" used for the intended purpose of dispensing stamps and envelopes.

Has anyone ever heard or seen this example before?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-STAMP-...t_500wt_1156

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Posted 10/29/2011   2:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting item. Actually patented by Joseph A. Poff of Lawrence, Kansas (patent 489,830). Would be a great item if the internal works were with it.



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Edited by Russ - 10/29/2011 2:17 pm
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Posted 10/29/2011   2:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Abram C. Montfort of Pawtucket, RI had an older patent. Check 489683. Here's an illustration:



(Not sure who had the patent for the particular machine illustrated in the eBay auction. Maybe a collaboration between both, since the unit is said to be an envelope and stamp vending machine?)

Interesting that both were patented on the same day.
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Edited by wt1 - 10/29/2011 2:45 pm
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Posted 05/25/2013   3:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add melvin getlan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
can I get any images you have of the Monfort machine that was on this site and anyother info you might have?
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Posted 05/25/2013   3:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Surprisingly, I found I actually saved the scanned photo from that old eBay listing. Here it is:

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That would be cool to have a working one. Nice looking box. It cracks me up they included a bell in the mechanism. I guess it gave the impression to the user they got a little extra for their pennies.
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Posted 05/26/2013   4:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add davenumber40 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are a couple of pages about vending machines and illustrations of different perforations in the Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting. All these though reference the early 20th century.

For those who haven't read it, it's a decent read.
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