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I can answer questions about vintage coin operated gum, gumball, candy and peanut vending machines. I do not have information about other areas of coin-op such as pinball, arcade, or slot machines. My specialty is exclusively in vending machines, which means I have a more detailed focus and a more extensive knowledge than others in this area.

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I am an expert in the field of antique and vintage coin operated gum, gumball, candy and peanut vending machines. I have been a very active collector of vintage vending machines for over 20 years and currently have several hundred machines in my collection.


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In my 20-plus years of collecting vintage vending machines I have acquired a tremendous amount of knowledge in the field. In addition to the numerous brands and models of machines, I am also knowledgeable about many details and nuances that may be overlooked by a more casual collector.

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Recent Answers from Dave Brown

2016-03-07 Vintage Victor VVC-120 needs a key:

Hi Beth.  That's a nice machine you have.  The lock on top unscrews, and once off the rest of the machine lifts off of a center rod exposing the coin compartment at the bottom.  Unfortunately Victor Vending

2015-08-11 dual candy machine "V":

Dawn,  Thank you for your question.  By your description it sounds like you have purchased modern vending machines, not vintage.  A picture will help me confirm this.  If they work on a quarter then they

2015-06-23 opening a mills penny gum dispenser:

Hi, and thank you for your question.    I have seen many Mills machines that have had the rivets drilled out and the locks removed.  Apparently missing keys are a common issue with these machines.  Unfortunately

2015-06-07 norhwestren coin mach:

Hi, and thank you for your question.    Northwestern made several different models with a penny-nickel mechanism.  The model 31 merchandiser in 1931 had penny only, nickel only, and penny nickel options

2015-05-20 Oak vending machines:

Leo,  Thank you for your question.  Oak Mfg. Co. made many different machines over several decades, so it would be difficult to cover all of them in my reply.  As to the models that you specifically mentioned


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