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LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby oldukguy » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:00 pm

Not sure where to post this, so thought I'd start here..........

I have a wooden cabinet LocWil Paper Hand Towels vending machine, works by 1d in the slot.

Does anyone know its age? I'm guessing from the style of writing on the front that it could be sometime in the 1950s or 60s.

I can't find anything about it via Mr Google, LocWil were bought out/taken over a few years ago by Secure Vending Systems (SVS); I emailed them in mid January asking if they could identify it and if they had any details of the style of hand towel and its packaging (so that I could try to emulate it), but replies came there none.

I have found that a pocket-sized pack of 10 x paper hankies (about 73mm L x 55mm W x 24mm H) bought in France fits the pull-out tray OK, but that the pack is a little snug (maybe 1mm all around) to drop smoothly down the hopper and into the tray once the first pack has been dispensed.

If anyone has one of these machines or any info, particularly the packaging that would have been used on each towel, I'd love to hear it.

Many thanks
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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby brigham » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:28 pm

More famous for coin-op lavatory door bolts.

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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby pennymachines » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:38 pm

The Tipton Civic Society website shows four sheets advertising two earlier versions of Lockerbie & Wilkinson's towel dispensers. Unlike yours, they vended cloth towels (15 X 12 inches), with or without soap.

Also, currently on eBay:
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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby oldukguy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:34 pm

Fascinating.
Thanks for sharing the Tipton Society pages; I suspect that those machines featured pre-date mine.

Interesting prices of both the machines and the contents.

I'd still like to hear from any other forum members who have one of my style of machine or has any information about the packaging used for the towels.

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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby pennymachines » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:42 pm

Identical to yours but dispensing sanitary towels.
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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby oldukguy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:51 pm

That's great, where did you find those photos? Any more info about them?

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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby pennymachines » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:34 am

Before BP says otherwise, they weren't from nursey's boudoir. !!UHOH!!

The little image featuring your machine is from Vending International - Locwil celebrates

One of the others is at http://www.smallvintagevending.com/third/southalls.html

The owner has taken the product label to mean it was made by Southalls, but we know better...

Here's the factory at Tipton:

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Impressively, metal cased, all-mechanical Locwil towel vendors are still available.

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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby ilovemyjukebox » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:44 am

Good morning..

I have been fortunate to have a number of these machines over the years. Mainly Southalls but have seen this type of machine vend cigarettes too.

I accidentally left one down the side of my shed one winter and when I realised in the spring it had completely fallen apart. There's not much holding them together.

I'm having a good old root through everything and if I find another I'll give you a shout..

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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby pennymachines » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:12 am

There is a 1931 Locwil catalogue which includes the 'Locwil Clean Towel machine' here. Perhaps by registering you can view it.

As Brigham mentioned, we know the company for its patent penny-in-the-slot toilet door lock...

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But they made a vast range of products, including horrible devices for the butchery trade and wonderful decorative cast iron urinals.

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Re: LocWil Paper Hand Towels Vending Machine

Postby gameswat » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:46 pm

Oldguy, looks late '30s to me. The lettering has a definite late Deco styling to it and the case appears to be solid oak. The whole thing has that sombre look of the time. While something '50s or '60s would have become more colourful I think.


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