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Hasbro Gumball Machines By Euphrates
Hasbro first fooled around with the gum-dispenser concept in the early '60s with it's Chiclets
and Dubble Bubble machines. Besides making gum available to children whenever they wanted it,
the machines also acted as banks. Banks that children could remove the money from whenever
they wanted it.
In 1968, Hasbro released their line of character machines that dispensed gumballs. They machines were generally clear heads of popular characters that held the gum, attached to a bank and separated by a coin feeding mechanism. The characters from this period were Bozo, Mickey Mouse, Fred Flintstone, Popeye and Scooby Doo. In the early '80s, Hasbro released another line of characters; GI Joe, Transformers, Mork from Mork and Mindy, and Spiderman.
All of Hasbro's gumball machines can be picked up for well under $20, in unboxed and working condition. The catch is the gum. It is very difficult to find the correct sized gumballs. Modern refills just barely make it through the chute. If someone knows of a correctly proportioned gumball for these old machines please drop me a line.