Vending and vending machines have been around a lot longer than people realize. The Greek mathematician Hero created the first vending machine known to man. The first vending machine was designed to vend holly water. Vending and vending machines have come a long way since 215 B.C. However, the first major breakthroughs in commercialized vending were not realized until the end of the 19th century when the first coin-operated vending machines started to appear. Associated Terms: Vending machine, vending machines, vendor, vendors.