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Vintage Gumball Machines

Updated on January 17, 2016

Rows of Modern Day Gumball Machines

Everywhere you go these days, there are rows of gumball machines, selling sweet candy gumballs and memories. Children of all ages love gumballs for some reason.

When I was small you could put a penny in and watch the gumball go round and round until it came to a stop of that small lip at the bottom; but you best have your hand close to the lip or you might be chasing your gumball across the floor!

My Grandfather would take me with him to breakfast once a week to a small dinner where it seemed that he knew everyone. I did not realize that he had probably;y been stopping there several times a week for many years. I just knew that everyone knew him and called out his name when he entered. It made me feel as if he was a very important man. (He certainly was to me!)

Photo credit: www.vintagegumballmachine.com

Vintage Ford Gumball Machines - Is Collecting Your Thing?

Collectors do, among other things, collect. Some people collect thimbles or spoons. Others collect fine art. Still others collect vintage gumball machines. There are some fine examples of the late 19th Century machines available if you look for them.

I have seen a small collection that was behind a glass wall in a man's office. It was an interesting collection which included mechanical banks as well. Do you remember the monkey and man mechanical bank? The one pictured sold for $2,500.00 in 2008.

My Grandfather had some banks that were just plain fun, some were down right silly. They brought a smile to his children and grandchildren. I have no idea what happened to them when he died, like many other things that were around, they just disappeared when my Grandmother moved West to live with her daughter. I really do hope that these fun banks found a good home.

An Antique Gumball Machine

This skating bank is on sale for $160,000.00. Anyone interested?

I think this one is gone but there are plenty of places on line, like e-Bay, that have this type of antiques for sale. If you get involved with an auction, be sure not to get caught up in the bidding and spend more than your budget will allow.

Donating Proceeds

Often you will see gumball machines that are sponsored by a public service group that use the money earned to buy glasses for someone who needs a pair or other good works. When we were kids, we would ask for pennies to buy gum and always used the pull of helping someone else. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it did not.

But it was always fun to catch the ball when it jumped the lip and flew through the air. I hope that these small gumball machines that collect for good deeds are still around for a long time.

The Kiwanis (symbol on the above pictured gumball machine) is dedicated to helping children around the world to better education. They have all types of mentoring programs. By the way, the Kiwanis have been doing this for a long time since they were started in 1915. That is a long time to be helping children worldwide.We need to say "thank You to the men and women of this group.

Lions Club is also an international humanitarian club. Just slightly younger than the Kiwanis, being formed in 1917, the Lions have grown to be the largest International Community based philanthropic organization. Their main goal at the beginning of their formation was to provide glasses for children but their mission has certainly grown since then.

Or Just for Fun

Many times you can give a gumball machine for a child's gift. I think there is still magic in putting in a penny and getting out a sweet, round, brightly colored ball that you pop into your mouth! Kids of all ages still love to watch the brightly colored gumball come running down the chute to jump into your hand. (Think about a small child holding both of her hands together in order to catch the prized ball before ti falls to the floor.)

No matter what one you place your money in, it is the memories that you are building that really matters in the end. What happens to the money after, who really cares how it is helping people, as long as it is!

Your children or grandchildren will think back on the little things that you did with them. I will always remember having breakfast with my Grandfather and the gumball machines that were in that dinner. (See Memories of a Vintage Gumball Machine).

Vintage Gumball Machines

More information is available on gumballs machines and other fun type machines to have in your home, go to:

Gumball Machines for Sale, Where - Amazon of course!

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    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      5 years ago

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Very Cool!

    • DANCING COWGIRL profile image

      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I love gum ball machines. I have my own and it is very popular at my house. I have a picture of it on my "kid stuff" lens.

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      5 years ago

      @Oneshotvariety LM: Thanks - some of the antiques are very expensive - depends on how many were many of a model, how many are still around and the condition.

    • Oneshotvariety LM profile image

      Oneshotvariety LM 

      5 years ago

      Neat gumball machines. I wonder how old the expensive antique is. Nice lens!

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: HEHE Janis - the plug is totally made from your thoughts........

      we have driven this Ford for the last 15 years - very little trouble and we go to the 'Price Club' - just once a month - As far as cleaning - it just takes time and water - and a ladder

      Thanks for your time and comment

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have one of those great Ford machines, as pictured above. I need to find a plug/disc for the bottom of the machine, though, and can't seem to find one anywhere. This plug prevents the money from coming out the bottom of the machine, and also locks it. Does anyone have any information as to where I can find a part like this, and also information on cleaning the machine? Thank you for any information you can give me on this machine.

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks, vallain - they are fun, aren't they!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a fan of vintage gumball machines too. I have a lens about collecting them.

      They are visually fun to have around and actually dispense candy, so what's not to like.

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: It is amazing, isn't it? Something as simple as a Ford gumball machine and all the memories that it can trigger! I love that!

      Thanks for your visit

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I don't think I've seen one of the Ford gumball machines in years. Seeing them here brings back memories of going to a local restaurant (The Pancake House) when I was a kid.

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      livingfrontiers 

      6 years ago

      I love those old 10 cent gumballs! We got treats rarely as kids, and that was one of them:)

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @avigarret: Thank you raitoavi! You made my day - many blessings your way

    • avigarret profile image

      avigarret 

      6 years ago

      These are just awesome, one of my many dreams, great lens.

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @aurora7: Thanks - my grandchildren all want them when ever we see one. So we put one in the game room - and a box full of pennies!

      Thanks for your time and vote

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      aurora7 

      6 years ago

      This lens is so fun. I wish I had some gumballs right now!

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @bjslapidary: What a fun thing to have. Old variety stores are nearly gone, so treasure the interesting things that you have.

      Thanks for your time and comments!

    • bjslapidary profile image

      bjslapidary 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting. We have a couple of vintage gumball machines, nothing fancy, that came from an old variety store that we purchased. Neat items. Great lens.

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: Wait for the grandkids - too much fun! Thanks for your time, comment and like! Have a great day, JoyfulPamela

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My brother really likes gumball machines and has one sitting in his dining room for fun. My kids love to use it every time we visit. :)

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @TTMall: thanks for your time and comment

    • TTMall profile image

      TTMall 

      6 years ago

      great work!

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: For me, it is the memory of breakfast with my Grandfather. But I,too, feel often at the bottom of my purse for change while standing waiting to pay my bill at I-Hop or Denny's. - Funny how we do that.

      Thanks for the visit!

    • tricomanagement profile imageAUTHOR

      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      @PoeticChristian: PoeticChristian - thanks for the visit - yes, memories are the glue that holds our youth and present age together in our minds, don't you think?

    • flycatcherrr profile image

      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      I wonder what it is about gumball machines that's so fascinating to kids "of all ages" - I still can't walk past one, to this day, without looking sideways at it and having a sudden awareness of how much change is in my pocket. :)

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      PoeticChristian 

      6 years ago

      I remember those with the winding rows, those were the best. Even at my age, they are still fun to watch. Ah the memories of old. Thanks for visiting my lens.

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