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Posted 02/12/2018   5:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I hope you didn't buy the machine that started this thread. In my opinion, it is overpriced by about 3x.

Here is another vending machine: A Schermack machine probably from the 1940s, although undated and no patent numbers on it.

Various exterior views:







Various interior views. The coin goes down the rectangular tube to the back of the machine where it acts as part of the mechanism allowing the knob on the front to be pulled fully forward by the customer and a stamp folder is dispensed, at which time the coin drops into a collection bin in the bottom of the machine.







The peanut-sized weight on the table goes on top of the stack of stamp folders to hold them down. The other one is on the near folder holder.

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Posted 02/12/2018   6:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RK1468 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Arrows2Atoms, love the deco look to the vending machine. Sets the stamps off nicely as well.
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Posted 02/12/2018   10:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agreed! That's a gorgeous machine.
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Posted 02/13/2018   08:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
An interesting variety of machines.

Many thanks to John Becker for a view of the guts. We can see how that one works; pretty basic. The weights explain to me how the folders didn't always get jammed up inside; I've seen a few old machines similar to this and none still had them.
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Posted 02/13/2018   11:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svensson to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
$125 overpriced? I don't know, fill it with your duplicates and take it to stamp shows and slowly recoup your money.
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Posted 02/13/2018   6:09 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
stampcrow - nope! Can't spend that type of cabbage right now... I wouldn't mind having one someday, though.
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