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8 Rare Vintage Candy, Gum & Cigarette Vending Machines

Sep 30, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Modern vending machines were immensely popular during the ’50s and’60s. These “24 hour shops” dispensed all types of products, including household items (like razor blades) and school supplies (like pencils). The most active vending machines served up candy, cigarettes and soda pops. Here we feature some rare finds. Some of these machines were restored by

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Vintage Child’s Barber Chair with Horse Head

May 10, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

The restoration of this old-school child’s barber chair consisted of cleaning the entire piece, reupholstering the seat, and repainting the horse’s head. We’re not sure who the manufacturer was, or exactly when this chair was made, but it probably dates to the 1950s. The idea of adding a carousel-style horse head to the barber chair would have

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1950s-1960s Studebaker Pedal Car

May 05, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Between 1956 and 1962 Midwest Industries (Willard, Ohio) acquired a reputation for quality production of pressed steel pedal cars. The Studebaker Strato-Jet was only one of three styles they offered and is not an easy car to find. The Strato-Jet was a modification of the original Jet Hawk pedal car, and both were based on the

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1950s Lusse Skooter Bumper Car

Apr 29, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

One of the 3 electric-powered cars that we restored under VintageVending, this bumper car was produced by Philadelphia’s Lusse Brothers. The company began as a supplier of rollercoaster parts for Philadelphia Toboggan. When the owners, Joseph and Robert Lusse, saw the popularity of the recently invented bumper car rides, they decided to make a go of

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Vintage Art Deco Ticket Taker

Apr 28, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This is a restored movie theater ticket-shredding machine from the 1930s. It would have been placed inside the lobby, at the entrance to the theater. After the ushers collected tickets from the theater patrons, the tickets were placed into the machine. The wheel was turned, shredding the tickets so they couldn’t be reused. This machine

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1966 AMF Ford Mustang Pedal Car

Apr 27, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Advanced sports car styling. That’s how the 1966 catalog described this hot pedal car. It’s a beloved item we restored years ago. The original A-531 AMF Suburbanite model was loaded with lots of detail, like a rearview mirror with a red jewel ornament, a plated gearshift, a flexible “play-safe” windshield and hub caps with red jewels.

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