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August 15, 2020

Suntan Vending Machine, 1949

Anyone in the market for a suntan vending machine? Star Manufacturing Co. produced this fabulous vending machine back in the 1940s.

(Photo: AP)

In 1949, although the United States was in a financial downturn, people were willing to invest in interesting vending machine inventions. People tried to come up with self-service machines that connected to a wide range of fields, including suntan vending machines.

During the annual Vending Machine Convention in Chicago, Betty Dutter, a famous model at the time, demonstrated how the spray nozzle was used and explained that in 30 seconds and for just a dime an individual could get a full spray job.

Interestingly, the self-tanning service was invented 20 years before the ATM. Obviously, banking was less important than having bronze skin.


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