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Advance Gumball

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Advance Machine Company, Chicago, IL, c. 1920, 12 1/2". This preceded the Advance Model D and is one of the earliest of the Advance short globe machines. It's made of cast iron and has a "dish" built into the base where the gumball exits. It uses an early mechanism---the Advance #4---which is nearly round and is elevated above the surface of the body. The lid is rolled steel. It vends one gumball for a penny.

This model is not rare, but it's uncommon and doesn't last long when offered for sale. It's a very solid and hefty machine that would make an excellent compact boat anchor should you ever tire of looking at it on a shelf.

The examples above are 100% original. The black one is the only one I've seen painted black. Others I've seen are painted various shades of red. I also know of one---and only one---finished in white porcelain. I'd love to own that one, but the owner doesn't want to sell it even though I offered him lots of money and said 'pretty please.' Can you believe such stubborness?

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