The use of vending machines to dispense gum can be traced back as early as the late 19th Century when the Thomas Adams gum company placed gum vending machines on the platforms of the New York City subway stations. By the 20th Century gumball machines were more common. In 1913 a young man by the name of Ford Mason leased 102 of the newly invented machines and initiated his gum empire. Recent innovations have given gumball machines a new spin on the functionality of their classic predecessors. Some machines today, like the Wizard Spiral gumball machine, have added an entertainment aspect to gumball vending. Adults and kids alike love seeing their candy spiral down the track before eating it. Today’s machines continue to evolve and improve to enhance the gumball vending experience.