A treat for the smokers among you, this vintage cigarette machine is coin-operated. Invented in 1926 by American inventor William Rowe, the cigarette machine was remarkable for the number of minor but important changes that it would bring to the market.
This particular model is totally original, manufactured in the mid-20th century. However, it also comes with the option to be converted to a drinks cabinet with glass shelves. With all work undertaken in our workshop, dedicated Games Room Company engineers can transform this machine for vintage vices into an elegant container for the finest tipples.
In a certain respect, the traditional cigarette machine was the first device of its kind. Before Rowe’s invention, most vending machines were limited to dispensing sweets and penny gum. The cigarette machine marked the first move toward selling higher-priced goods in what was still a relatively young industry. It was also notable for dispensing two items – one box of cigarettes, and one matchbook. Previously, machines had been stocked with one kind of product, such as sodas. Rowe paved the way for future machines to distribute multiple items, such as snack machines to vend both food and drink.
Once a common sight on street corners and outside newsagents, these machines are no longer commercially available in England, making them a rarity this side of the Atlantic.