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Autosales

Autosales Vending Corp., New York, NY, c. 1928 or earlier, 32". Before I checked Silent Salesmen Too I'd thought this was a 1930's machine, but it's a bit earlier than that. I've always associated porcelainized machines with the 1930's, so this may be an early example of that genre. I know of a few other pre-1930's porcelainized models, but porcelain seemed to take off in the early to mid-1930's with Northwestern, Columbus, and Norris, and I don't know of many made earlier than that. Earlier machines, especially early L-vendors such as the Autosales L-vendor, had porcelain panels, but the 1930's machines I'm thinking about are globe or cabinet machines made of cast iron or steel and completely encased in porcelain.

But enough about porcelain. This model is---as I've alluded to---porcelain over thick steel, much the same as a short case Pulver. Also like Pulver, it's dense and solid and sturdily constructed. This model was made by Autosales until 1928, at which point Mills bought Autosales and continued making the same model with slight changes to the signage. One of those changes was putting their own company name at the bottom of the front panel, which makes it easy to date a particular example.

These aren't rare, but I don't consider them common. I've seen one or two on ebay over the years, but I don't recall ever seeing one at the Chicagoland show sitting in a booth just waiting for a lucky buyer to come along. If you want one you'll get one eventually, but it may take a little while.

The example pictured above is 100% original.

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