GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Oct. 6, 1952


Robot Cook. At Manhattan's airlines terminal and other busy places, Lunch-O-Mat Corp. installed a new food-vending machine which uses a Raytheon radar stove (TIME, Oct. 28, 1946) to cook and serve a hamburger, a baked ham sandwich, frankfurter or coffee within 15 seconds after coins are dropped in the slot. The vender also serves cold sandwiches, pies, milk and fruit juices. Price of the machine: $2,600.

Mechanical Messenger. In Atlantic City, Western Union showed, off its new "Intrafax" facsimile machine for use by private companies. The machine sends exact copies of sales slips, balance sheets, drawings, telegrams and letters,...

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