There is no doubt that the Japanese lead the way when it comes to vending machines, which sell everything from the expected (hot tea, food, candy) to the surprising (umbrellas, underwear, cars, liquor, porn).
But the growing trend to sell anything and everything via vending machines has caught on across the globe. In airports, iPods and other gadgets are sold in vending machines; artists from London to Buenos Aires have converted cigarette vending machines to sell art; along New York City’s St Marks Place numerous kiosks provide “fresh food” for late-night snackers via, you guessed it, vending machines.
With our ever-growing desire to eliminate the cashier from the retail equation, "Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism" documents the journey vending machines have made from technologically humble beginnings to the flashy consumer environments of today. For example, a holy water dispenser in ancient Greece serves as the first known historical reference to a vending machine.
With photographs from all over the world and essays that track the development of vending machines over time, "Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism" will serve as an intriguing visual point of reference for every consumer on the go.© Japan Today