CBS Highlights The First Vending Machine

Dec. 18, 2018

Dec. 16, 2018 was the anniversary of the first patented vending machine in America, according to CBS News. It was 134 years ago that William Henry Fruen patented his "Automatic Liquid-Drawing Device." It looked like a building and dispensed mineral water after a coin was deposited. The vending machine is a well-known icon featured in dozens of movies since its inception.