Cash in the attic: Vending machines

Free standing or wall-mounted vending machines were once commonly found in British towns, villages and railways stations. Produced at a time when pre-packaged goods, consumerism and the middle classes began to boom, they provided treats for the sweet-toothed child or hungry traveller.

They provided treats for the sweet-toothed child or hungry traveller

Examples are rare today, as the majority were melted down during World War I and II. The metal was more valuable for the war effort, but additionally sweets, chocolates etc changed in size and format, meaning machines were no longer suitable.

Despite only have a limited appeal with advertising collectors living in adequately large homes, these machines fetch consistently high prices as demand exceeds supply, particularly for those that have their original paint or are more complex.

This Nestlé chocolate bar vending machine for chocolate bars costing 1D in excellent condition and standing 74cm high (29in) is today valued at £1,200-£1,300.

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