This vintage machine with stunning chrome detailing is over fifty years old and is a classic of its kind. It has been fully restored at our workshop and features a glass hopper with embossed lettering.
Founded in 1909 by Emerson A. Bolen, Northwestern is an iconic name in the bulk vending sector. Its first machines were novelty venders that dispensed matches and stamps; it began making bulk vending machines in the 1930s. The company, which was owned by the Bolen family until its sale to National Entertainment Network in 2017, grew into one of the largest manufacturers of bulk-loading equipment in the United States.
This superbly restored gum vending machine, thought to date from the 1950’s, is fully operational and is currently set to ‘free vend’. It is wall mounted, complete with bracket, and can be used for bubble gum balls or jelly beans.
The front of the glass hopper is embossed with the company’s logo, which also appears on the steel flap covering the dispensing tray.
Perfect for your cinema room or gaming den, it’ll bring a touch of authentic vintage nostalgia to your life, possibly at the expense of your dental bills!
Many of our products are steeped in history – and the jelly bean is no different. Highly regarded as a classic American treat, they were first introduced to the general population back in 1861 by American confectioner William Schrafft, quickly becoming a favourite sweet to send to soldiers during the American Civil War. Shortly afterwards their popularity soared, and in the 1950s President Ronald Reagan helped their image still further, taking to eating jelly beans to help him stop smoking his pipe. Nowadays they are often associated with the cinema industry, and regarded as a perfect vintage treat to accompany any film or motion picture.