Originally posted by CaryMG
The vending machines were bolted to the pillars.
They sold "Chiclets" & combs -- the comb machine's had mirrors.
You can see 'em *here .....
1] "The Exorcist" > When Father Karras comes across a wino in the subway, you can see one in back of the good father.
2] "Short Walk To Daylight" > In this TV movie, a junkie busts one open for the sugar -- www.imdb.com/title/tt0069263/
Those little wall/pillar-mounted vendors that were in the NYC subways from the 30's until whenever are regularly available on eBay, there are at least several being offered right now. They were made by Mills and sold tab gum and other similar sized items and were usually stainless steel, but some were painted also. Since they were built to last, they are usually found in good working order and replacement decals (usually Adams gum with a lady pictured from the 30's) are readily available, if the keys are not present, any real locksmith (not a hardware store, a locksmith) can cut a replacement key and tab gum to fit ithem is also available. They were rugged little machines built like tanks (hey, they were built to be left alone in NYC subways 24/7, need I say more?) that are nostalgic as well as functional.
BTW, I do collect coin-op, but I do not have any of these listed on eBay, if anyone wants help finding the replacement decals, machines, or tab gum, I would be glad to point them in the proper direction.