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Elmer F. Pierson

The Vendo Company

1937 - 1974

Food & Tobacco

Military ServiceArmy
1930 b. 1896
UndergraduateKansas City School of Law
Born-Died1896 - 1982
BirthplaceMissouri (MO)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1930

Pierson founded the Vendo Company in 1937 after perfecting the development of the first truly workable vending system - a lid called “The Red Top.” Originally designed for Coca-Cola bottles, the new vending machines were quickly converted to handle a variety of products. After World War II, Vendo became the largest manufacturer of vending machines in the world.