Horn & Hardart Automat
When it first opened in Philadelphia way back in 1888, the first Horn & Hardout Automat must have looked like a vision from the future. The concept was simple yet unique: the walls were filled with glass cases containing various items, including sandwiches, pies, and cakes. Customers would pay with nickels inserted into coin slots, the glass case would open, and they would take their item. Decades before fast food, Horn & Hardout was an early attempt at improving speed and efficiency in serving and dining.