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  • Automobilia
    Automobilia
    When I was a kid the Gas pumps I remember were the Sunoco Dial A Blend Style with the Square Tops…. But now that I’m all grown up at 45, I love the Roaring 20′s on up to the 40′s styles…. Art deco Lines, chrome, and unique colors, made this an era of great design….They …
  • Barber Chairs
    Barber Chairs
    The first factory-manufactured barber chairs date to around 1850. The first one-piece reclining barber chair with an attached footrest was patented in 1878 by the Archer Company of Saint Louis. Archer quickly followed it with a chair that raised and lowered mechanically. Eugene Berninghaus of Cincinnati improved on Archer’s design with the first reclining and …
  • Barber Poles
    Barber Poles
    The modern barber pole originated in the days when bloodletting was one of the principal duties of the barber. The two spiral ribbons painted around the pole represent the two long bandages, one twisted around the arm before bleeding, and the other used to bind is afterward. Originally, when not in use, the pole with …
  • Barrel Scales
    Barrel Scales
    In 1891, Edward Canby and Orange O. Ozias, two businessmen from Dayton, Ohio, purchased the patents for the newly invented computing scale and incorporated the Computing Scale Company for the production of commercial scales. The scales produced in the late 1800’s were small in size and generally used for spices. The company later evolved in …
  • Candy Machines
    Candy Machines
    In 1907 Thomas Adams Gum Company introduced the vending machine to the United States it sold Tutti-Fruiti gum. As the years went on there was a vending machine for just about everything; cigars, cigarettes, soda, even candy and snack foods. Candy Machines became very popular in the American marketplace placed in Gas Stations, Movie Theaters …
  • Candy Scales
    Candy Scales
    In 1891, Edward Canby and Orange O. Ozias, two businessmen from Dayton, Ohio, purchased the patents for the newly invented computing scale and incorporated the Computing Scale Company for the production of commercial scales. Small computing scales with drum like cylinders and paper charts evolved and fan shaped scales with bowl type pans were developed …
  • Cash Registers
    Cash Registers
    A Cafe owner, James Ritty, from Dayton, Ohio, is generally credited with inventing the first cash register. Together with his brother John, they patented the first cash register on November 4, 1879. They developed a number of different models, one of which was named “The Incorruptible Cashier “ it was John Patterson who On January …
  • Cigarette Machines
    Cigarette Machines
    In 1926, an American inventor named William Rowe invented the first cigarette-vending machine. Soon to follow would by the National Vendor Corp, U Needa Merchandiser Corp, Du Grenier of Mass and many others. Cigarette Machines were commonly found in subway stations, bars and restaurants. Mirrors were used on these machine to attract women and men …
  • Coolers & Ice Boxes
    Coolers & Ice Boxes
    The first practical refrigerating machine was built by in 1834; it used ether in a vapor compression cycle. It was not until the late 1800’s did we see this use in practical applications, more commonly used were Ice Boxes Ice Boxes were wood refrigerators lined with tin or porcelain Using block Ice. The more common …
  • Fan Scales
    Fan Scales
    In 1891, Edward Canby and Orange O. Ozias, two businessmen from Dayton, Ohio, purchased the patents for the newly invented computing scale and incorporated the Computing Scale Company for the production of commercial scales. The scales produced in the late 1800’s were small in size and generally used for spices. The company later evolved in …
  • Gas Pumps
    Gas Pumps
    The first pumps were rather tanks in the ground with small hand crank type unit, they slowly evolved to what was called the Curb Pump also hand cranked. Between 1905 & 1910 pumps began to take on meters and hoses rather than measuring cans. Soon thereafter visible pumps evolved which lead in to computer pumps, …
  • Misc. Restored Items
    Misc. Restored Items
    In our Miscellaneous Archive you will see some unusual items we have restored everything from turn of the Century Bulb Heaters to Art Deco Cleveland Neon Clocks.. You never know what you might find at RMS Vintage… Just ask Milo He found a 55 Chevy Car Couch to plant his butt on for a while… …
  • Oil Dispensers
    Oil Dispensers
    In the early 1920’s thru to the 1950’s Oil Pumps, coined “Lubesters” were an intricate part early of the gas Stations. Lubesters were the only easy way to dispense oil both for the attendant and customer; it was not until packaged oil came about did we see the decline of Oil Dispensers. Many dispensers were …
  • Penny Scales
    Penny Scales
    Or referred to as “Lollipop Scales” were first brought over in 1885 from Great Britain. The Lollipop scale helped change the way Americans thought about themselves, this gave way to concerns for weight and appearance in the 20’&30’s which has remained ever since. The Items Below Are Sold Click Images To Enlarge
  • Safes
    Safes
    The first commercial development of safe was around 1840 patent by a man named Wilder, shortly thereafter many others patent there safes such are Herring, Melinks, Turnbull etc. Small locking fireproof safes became a common place in society to secure ones valuables and papers. Today we still use this same technology today. Safes are very …
  • Soda Machines
    Soda Machines
    In 1907 Thomas Adams Gum Company introduced the vending machine to the United States it sold Tutti-Fruiti gum. As the years went on there was a vending machine for just about everything; cigars, cigarettes, soda, even candy and snack foods. Soda Machines became very popular in the American marketplace placed in Gas Stations, Train Stations …
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