Little Bit of American Trivia for you Brainy-Types

“A man in Columbus, Ohio has collected 200 cast iron scales that gave a person’s weight for a coin. Most of them operated on a penny. He says this was America’s first vending machine that offered a service instead of a product. At the time these came into existence people were concerned about not weighing enough. Tuberculosis and other diseases caused weight loss. During the 1930’s, Americans deposited more than 10 million pennies a year into these machines. Bathroom scales became affordable in the 1950’s.”

Source: The Budget, January 5, 2011

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.