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Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby alan57 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:33 pm

Noticed this stamp vending machine on Ebay, unusual as it doesn't seem to vend stamps.

The mechanical parts inside indicate that it vended coins or possibly tokens, never seen one like this before.

Looks like you would put a 6d in the slot and got?

Anybody any ideas what it was for?
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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby pennymachines » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:59 pm

The plate says Brecknell, Munro (or Dolman?) & Rogers - my guess is a change machine that's lost its instruction plate: 6 pence piece in, pull the handle for a slice of 3 old pennies from each tube. Perhaps the small window? beneath the slot indicates when it's out of pennies... but how?

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby brigham » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:07 am

Almost certainly a GPO item, to give pennies to work a telephone coin-box.
I wonder if it fits the rare Kiosk No.4 (K4)?

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby coppinpr » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:23 pm

I guess it could have been used in conjunction with their underground ticket machines. Did the original ones take various coins or only pennies?

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby malcymal » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:44 am

It's a rather nice thing. My 1d old play bandit and 6d bandit sit next to each other and this would be rather nice for change to swap between the two; surely a nice addition to a collection.

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby brigham » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:45 am

Time to search some old station concourse pics...

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby malcymal » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:16 am

Well so far I've found the exact colour match on an old payphone. Maybe something like this could have been bolted to the side?!?!

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby coppinpr » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:46 pm

brigham wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:07 am
I wonder if it fits the rare Kiosk No.4 (K4)?
That was my first thought but it's not likely. The K4 had a stamp machine and a letter box but they were built flush into the kiosk for security. More likely this was for a,GPO coin op phone but not one mounted in a kiosk, perhaps a hotel, pub, club, or even more likely, an underground station, where it could serve more than one type of machine where it was at least partly kept an eye on. Am I right in thinking that there is a coin chute for the 6ds going out of the bottom of the machine?

Now I wouldn't mind one of these in my collection.
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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby alan57 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:20 pm

Some update on the vending machine. When the 6d coin is placed in the slot, 2 x 3d bits were vended.
Dates from 1959, when the letter rate went up to 3d.

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Re: Stamp vending machine that doesn't vend stamps?

Postby pennymachines » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:37 pm

So it's Brecknell, Dolman & Rogers.
I'm not buying the London Underground theory. The BMR ticket machines (which were around as early as 1937) accepted a range of coins and gave change.


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