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The Parking Meter Turns 75 Today

May 13th, 2010 05:49 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

nj_peeps writes “75 years ago Carl Magee filed a patent application for what would become one of those most hated inventions in history: the parking meter. From the article: ‘Magee’s brainwave was to install a device that had a coin acceptor and a dial to engage a timing mechanism. A visible pointer and flag indicated the expiration of the paid period, meaning you either had to move, put in more money or face the wrath of the local constabulary. The design continued largely unchanged for more than 40 years.’”

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