132/365: Cigarette Machine: Someone Wanted the Winstons


Cigarette Machine, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

When I was a very young girl, these machines seemed to be everywhere: on the corner, in restaurants, in grocery stores. I remember purchasing cigarettes for my parents using this type of vending machine. While it's not in the picture, there is a small metal sign on this machine-- directly above the coin slot (coins!?!?!)--"it is against the law for minors to use this machine." I suppose my parents were encouraging me to break the law. But, this was also about the time that candy cigarettes were popular for children: white stick candy with a red "dot" on the end . . . signifying a lit cigarette.

On Saturday, a friend and I went to a place in town where the remnants of old houses, demolished or abandoned, are stored. These are very old items . . . and very very interesting. It was like an antique mall {{{{shudder}}}}, but with better stuff: doors, fireplaces, hanging lamps, mailboxes, some household decorations, very old appliances (an old "ice box," the kind that held large blocks of ice to keep the food cool). Very interesting. The other pics are on Flicrk.

@ 7:05 PM

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