Remember these Ford gum vending machines from the 1950s. This model was set up to vend gum for 1 penny. The glass globe has a flat top, because originally there was a metal frame positioned on the top of these gumball vendors that displayed the name of whatever local charity the vendor was collecting for. These machines had the capacity to fit 4 lbs. of gumballs.
I can still picture where several of these old dispensers of cheer were located around town when I was a kid. Here's to tossing in a penny and wishing for a red one!