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Object ID 001660

Object Name Albert Pick Co. Matchbox Vending Machine

Object Desc Green tower-shaped metal matchbox dispenser. 1 cent buys a set of matches.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001342

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Vending Machine


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit Counter

Object Date

Start Year Range 1926

End Year Range 1940

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords matches,Albert Pick Co.,dispensers,merchandise displays,displays,

Title Albert Pick Co. Matchbox Vending Machine

Description Green, tower-shaped matchbox vending machine."Matches" printed in red text vertically. Coin slot at base, cost 1 cent. Albert Pick Co. name printed on the bottom right side.


Approx Collection Date

Height 13.5

Length 5.5

Width 5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Albert Pick Co. Inc.

Maker Details In 1871, everything changed. The Albert Pick Co. was wiped out by the great Chicago fire. But, like the mythological Phoenix, the Picks literally arose from their own ashes and started over again. Charles eventually bought the business from his older brother, and, in 1884, Albert left school at 15 to work for his father. Eight years later, Albert married, and in that same year of 1892, he, in turn, bought the business from his father. Over the next 30 years, Albert Pick built up the business to the point where it became known as the largest hotel equipment house in the country. He was also instrumental in organizing, financing, and promoting numerous hotel operations, and helped a number of other future hotel barons get started. In 1926, the Albert Pick Co. was sold to a group of New York investment bankers and became known as Albert Pick Co., Inc. At the same time, Albert, together with his brother, brother-in-law, and son (Albert Pick Jr.) organized a chain of seven hotels

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1342



Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Heavy edgewear throughout. A lot of the paint has been chipped or faded away. The machine doesn't appear to be in working condition, and some parts might be missing.


Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit Counter from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin