Automatic Merchandising Company album

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Automatic Merchandising Company operated and installed vending machines. A signature product was the Auto-Snak, a set of food vending machines which dispensed soda, coffee, milk, sandwiches, soup, salads, pastries and ice cream. These automat style vending machines emerged in America after the invention of the first coffee vendors in 1946 that allowed for the use of vending machines for coffee breaks, cutting needed catering staffs in large factories.

    This album is a promotional salesman sample album of automatic food vending machines for factories, universities, and offices. The album promotes the company's Auto-Snak machines which sold milk, fresh salads, sandwiches, hot coffee, pastries, ice cream, hot soup, and soda.
    The images show close-up views of products such as Pepsi-Cola, Dad's Root Beer, Campbell Soup and others. There is also an article about the Budd plant installing the machines and a report about solving issues related to feeding employees. The promotional album is from the Detroit Branch. The contents have been removed from the album for preservation, but the original order of the album has been maintained.
Image: Potato salad and fruit cocktail in cherry jello, ca. 1955. Click here to see the scanned photograph.

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Automatic Catering at Budd
Reprinted from 'Vend: The Magazine of Automatic Merchandising'., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Automatic coffee vending machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Auto-Snak machine at Budd Wheel Plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Auto-Snak machine at unidentified locations
Includes workers using the machines., Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Active kitchen
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Auto-Snak machine at Marquette University
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Active kitchen
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Campbell's Tomato Soup vending machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Soda vending machine
Dispenses: Pepsi-Cola, Ginger-Ale, Dad's Old Fashioned Root Beer, and Cherry, Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rosebud Milk/chocolate milk vending machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sandwich vending machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Potato salad and fruit cocktail in cherry jello
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ice cream vending machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pastries vending machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Auto-Snak machine at Columbia University
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Auto-Snak machine at Goodrich School
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
People using Auto-Snak machine
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Back of machine
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Alley
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Auto-Snak machine at the Budd Wheel Plant
Photo credit by VendFilm, Inc., the photography and motion picture division of the Automatic Merchandising Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A Report to Management: Solving the Problem of In-Office Feeding
From 'Management Methods'., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Automatic Merchandising Company album (Accession 2017.202), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807