Oak Manufacturing Co., Los Angeles, CA., c. 1960's (estimated), 17". This is a relatively common machine that's merely a modified Oak Acorn. According to Silent Salesmen Too, "you could convert an Acorn Vendor into a Goldmine Tab Gum Selector by changing the gear, center rod, and adding the Goldmine 10-selector Tab Gum head." As with the Acorn, the vendor could quickly and easily change mechanisms in case of a problem or to change the price.
The body is cast aluminum and the globe is plastic. The machine could hold 400 pieces of tab gum, which is 40 pieces per stack. The customer would turn the handle on top and line up the column he or she wanted to buy from with the front mechanism, insert the coin, and turn the front handle to dispense the Tasty Treat.
This machine could sell stuff other than tab gum, such as the fortunes shown in the example above. I've seen this machine sell other things, too, but as I type this I can't recall any specific examples. Anything approximating the size of tab gum would be a worthy candidate for this model.
The example pictured above is 100% original and is (I believe) new old stock. It's perfect!
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