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Advance Stamp Machine

Advance Machine Company, Chicago, IL, c. 1930's. Silent Salesmen Too says that this model was used as a stamp vendor, a cigaratte vendor, and a perfume vendor. I've seen all three, but its use to sell stamps seems to be the most common. It's a neat machine, with the same mechanism used on the Advance Model D. It vended four 1¢ stamps for a nickel. What surprises me about this model is that it's designed to sit on a counter; you'd think from the shape that it should be wall-mounted, but this example has original feet and no holes in the back plate through which to mount the machine to a wall. Surprise, surprise!

The example pictured above is 100% original. Every example I can recall seeing has had the same gold paint, and usually in not-half-bad condition. The paper shown above right is affixed to the inside of the back door.

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