Tutti-Frutti for the Trip - Vending Machines and Mass Transit
Wednesday, December 6th, 2023
2:00 PM ET
Did you know that New York City subway stations used to have thousands of vending machines? With its built-in audience and city-wide network, the transit system has been ripe for marketing and distribution opportunities throughout its history. In fact, vending machines were first introduced to the US on New York’s elevated train platforms in the 1880s. Bringing chewing gum, chocolate, and peanuts to the commuting masses, vending machines became a part of underground culture and shaped the future of automated machines across the city and beyond.
Join New York Transit Museum Content Manager, Polly Desjarlais, to learn more about this unique aspect of transit history.
All attendees are welcome. You will have the option to turn on automatic captions for this virtual program. Staff will share instructions for how to do so at the start of the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
For general inquires email [email protected].
Photo from Subway Photo Essay Collection, New York Transit Museum
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