Three Column Vending Machine; "Protex Scent, Nipple End Prince, Protex Man Form Plus"


According to the vendor, this condom machine was used in a brothel in Cicero, Ill. The three-column machine has decals for three brands of condoms: Protex Scent, Nipple End Prince, and Protex Man Form Plus. A red sticker at the bottom of the machine indicates that the condoms sold for 25 cents and that they were to be "Used for Family Planning and Prevention of Venereal Disease." The reference to "Family Planning” indicates that the machine dates from after the 1965 court case of Griswold v Connecticut. That court case had led the U.S. Supreme Court to allow condoms to be sold as a contraceptive as well as a means of preventing disease.

Vending machines were an easy way to discreetly distribute condoms.

Date Made: after 1965

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Birth Control/ContraceptionSexually Transmitted DiseasesSex


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0416.008Catalog Number: 1989.0416.008Accession Number: 1989.0416

Object Name: Vending Machine, CondomOther Terms: Vending Machine, Condom; Manufacturing And Dispensing Equipment

Physical Description: metal (overall material)


Record Id: nmah_688112

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