Gotta quarter for a gumball?

It was a view that brought back memories. In the auto service department lounge were a bank of five old-school gumball machines. For some reason this time they caused me to take pause.

I thought of how I used to see these all of the time as a kid. They were at grocery stores, gas stations, barber shops and many other places.. And every so often I would have the change to get some bubble gum.

I remember that it never seemed to be quality bubble gum as the gum was often hard to bite into and the flavor did not last long. Yet I always yearned to get a piece. It was probably the thrill of dropping the coin in the slot, turning the handle and hearing that piece of gum drop into the slot and then my hand.

I passed on getting anything out of these machines this time around.

Yet the memories they brought back were worth far more than the 25 cents needed to purchase a gumball.

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