The History of the Gumball Machine
1898 - The Late 19th Century
We have all enjoyed an occasional gumball from a nearby gumball machine for our entire lives. As you might guess, these novelties haven't been around forever. While vending machines or vending kiosks have been around for centuries, the traditional gumball machine as we know it got it's start in the late 19th century.
Expert Mary Bellis, in an article written about the origin of the gumball machine, states: "In 1888, the Thomas Adams Gum Company introduced the very first vending machines to the United States. The machines were installed on the elevated subway platforms in New York City and sold Tutti-Fruiti gum. In 1897, the Pulver Manufacturing Company added animated figures to its gum machines as an added attraction. The round candy coated gumball and gumball vending machines were introduced in 1907."
Adam's Pepsin Tutti Frutti Gum Machine.
Pulvers One Cent Gum MachinePullvers One Cent Gum Machine