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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby geofflove » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:19 pm

I have to confess to being a bit averse to varnish. Much prefer a waxed or polished finished.
I’ve never heard of restor a finish. So maybe I will give that a go. Thanks
Choc cigarettes here. Prob is you have to buy 30 and they are t that cheap. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Input-pieces- ... uage=en_GB

I’m going for 60 boxes of Barrett’s candy sticks (used to be called cigarettes!) for £12 instead. https://stockport.morrisandson.co.uk/p ... 05db&_ss=r

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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby tallstory » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:11 am

treefrog wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:38 pm
Does the product revitalise old varnish, as the one thing I hate is old varnish covering most items from this period.

I suspect that old cracked varnish is the result of someone re-varnishing the cabinets without properly cleaning and sanding first. Restor-a-finish won't improve that and sanding down to a stable layer is the only option. Shellac is a good finish but I find it can be difficult to get a good, even result with it. Maybe I don't wait long enough but I always find that the second coat dissolves the first, giving a uneven finish. Restor-a-finish on top of shellac works well.

BTW I have no connection with the makers and don't consider myself a cabinet finishing expert - just saying what I have found in my limited experience.

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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby badpenny » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:14 pm

geofflove wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:50 pm
I’m now going to do something with this thing. I understand it’s a cigarette vendor used in hotel lobbies etc.
..... and suddenly there's a similar one on eBay.
The last time I saw one of these for sale it was about forty quid, but that was before the plague.
So I have no idea if £150 is steep.
It's described as being oak, yet at £7.50 p&p it can't weigh very much.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265034685295
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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby pennymachines » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:14 pm

badpenny wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:14 pm
geofflove wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:50 pm
I’m now going to do something with this thing. I understand it’s a cigarette vendor used in hotel lobbies etc.
..... and suddenly there's a similar one on eBay.
You don’t have to wait long, as each layer should be thin, and shellac dries fast, but the alcohol will dissolve the previous coat if you try to apply the next one too thickly, or by moving the rubber too slowly. The rubber never rests on the surface, making smooth, continuous gliding movements, with an even pressure. It should be moving when it makes and breaks contact with the wood. Each sweep imparts a very thin layer over the previous one. It's not difficult to master once you get the feel for it.

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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby geofflove » Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:47 pm

badpenny wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:14 pm
geofflove wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:50 pm
I’m now going to do something with this thing. I understand it’s a cigarette vendor used in hotel lobbies etc.
..... and suddenly there's a similar one on eBay.

Interesting. I’m guessing this one has been repurposed at some point. Can’t see where the coins go in this one as mine enter through the top. Mine is also oak but the sides are pretty thin so it’s not that heavy.

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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby pennymachines » Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:54 pm

Plucked from the Arena sales results - a cigarette dispenser from the same family as the sweet dispenser which started this topic.
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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby geofflove » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:06 am

Ah interesting. Yes defiantly the same make and from this I learnt that it is made by Fendar which I didn’t know. And a quick search reveals they might have been involved in some dodgy dealing according to this extract from Hansard!

HC Deb 03 February 1964 vol 688 cc796-7 796
7. Mr. B. Harrison asked the Attorney-General if he will instruct the Director of Public Prosecutions to take proceedings against the firm of Fendars Limited for fraudulently raising money from the public by contracts to supply vending machines.
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§8. Mr. Driberg asked the Attorney-General, in view of the fraudulent activities of Messrs. Fendar Limited, wholesale tobacconists, of 28 Martin Lane, London, E.C.4, in connection with the supply of vending machines, what action has been taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
§The Solicitor-General The Director of Public Prosecutions has no evidence that would justify the institution of proceedings against this company. If the hon. Members will let me have any evidence in their possession, I will, of course, see that it is considered.
Mr. Harrison Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that since I put down this Question I have had dozens of letters from people all over the country who have been victims of this firm and other firms controlled by Anthony Fenton and O. Betts, and it looks as if tens of thousands of pounds have been taken off old-age pensioners and retired people in one way or another under the false premise that they could supplement their pensions with vending machines?
§The Solicitor-General I can only repeat that there is at present no evidence which would justify the institution of proceedings against this company. If my hon. Friend would let me have such evidence or such documents, I will certainly immediately ensure that they are brought to the appropriate attention.
§Miss Harvie Anderson Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that this practice is very extensive in all parts of the United Kingdom and as far away as Glasgow, where this company has been operating on the lines suggested by my hon Friend?
§The Solicitor-General My hon. Friend will appreciate that to institute proceedings evidence is required, and if evidence can be put forward it would be quite right for the hon. Lady to forward it to me to bring it to the attention of the appropriate authority.

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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby pennymachines » Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:37 pm

Fendar Limited are listed as Vending Machine Dealers of 28, Martins Lane, London E.C.4, paying a dividend on shares of £2.11 on 16th August 1973.

A fairly common wooden cigarette vendor appears on WorthPoint with this description:
Vintage Cigarette Dispenser / Vending Machine ~*~ Fantastic vintage Cigarette Machine– c.1900’s Made by “Fendar Ltd.” Their makers mark is engraved into the top of the machine.
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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby coppinpr » Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:06 pm

Vending machines always fascinate me,I'm always looking for vintage old style vendors to add to the "unusual" page on my web site.
the first one here is interesting in that its clear other makers also made a version of the ready lit fag machine, visible in the background)
the next I'm not quite sure what it sold , the translation seems to come out as " clock construction here in the courtyard" :!?!:
the last one, well god alone knows what stomach-churning delicacy a "speedy Weeny" was "cooked in 20 seconds" im guessing hot dogs !PUKE! I suspect Jane Russell took one look and is putting it back !!
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Re: Vending machine advice

Postby brigham » Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:02 pm

Speedy Weeny is a Raytheon Hot Dog vending machine. It used radar technolgy to heat the sausage from cold in twenty seconds.
Later domestic hot-dog warmers passed electric current lengthways through the sausage, a simpler means to the same end.


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