Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Coin-Op Cuisine: When The Future Tasted Like A Five-Cent Slice Of Pie

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Life in 2015 isn't quite what we were promised in the last century's science-fiction fantasies: We don't live on the moon, commute to work in autonomous flying cars, or get homework help from friendly robot maids.

And yet, our predictions for food service - fully cooked meals delivered instantly at the push of a button - became a reality more than 100 years ago. Starting in the 1890s, people flocked to a new type of restaurant whose walls were lined with futuristic devices serving everything from deviled crab on toast to apple pie. It was called the 'automat.'

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