Tag: vending machines

  • Automat Documentary Serves Up Lost History

    Automat Documentary Serves Up Lost History

    There was a time when, for the price of a nickel, diners could participate in a uniquely American food phenom. The Automat anticipated both the worlds of fast food and “self-serve,” became a social institution, then vanished into obscurity. Founded by entrepreneurs Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart in the late 1880s, their restaurant concept was […]