Pre-lit Cigarettes and Whisky – The Golden Age of Vending Machines
TIL: women in the 1930s had a hard time finding someone to light their cigarettes or buy them a nice cup of whisky.
In case you were wondering how the hell that vending machine was lighing those cigarettes…
The automatic dispenser comprises as a unit a container for holding a plurality of unlit cigarettes which is positioned above a support adjacent to a cigarette lighter or electric heater. A rotatable dispenser which forms part of the unit is positioned between the container and the support. Electronic circuitry is provided to control the length of time the electric heater remains lit, and cam actuated switching devices are connected with the dispenser to energize the electric heater each time the dispenser moves or transports a cigarette from the container to the support for lighting the cigarette. The support is provided with an opening through which the unlit end of the cigarette may be grasped and removed after being lit.