Sunday, July 20, 2008

Parking Meter

We had the first one apparently. It was installed July 16, 1935 in Oklahoma City.

I should have posted this about 4 days ago but that's the way it is I guess.

It had been patented a little earlier by Carl C. Magee who had been appointed in 1933 to the Oklahoma City Traffic Committee.

Magee was an editor of a newspaper from what I can determine. He put up $500 for a contest to create the meter and Oklahoma A&M professors H. G. Theusen and Gerald Hale apparently did just that.

It appears that Magee and Hale and others formed Dual Parking Meter Company and then it later became Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter. It was sold to Parkometer Co. of Russellville, Ark., now known as POM Inc.


Lori1955 said...

Now there's an invention that has stood the test of time. Did they all become millionaires?

~Betsy said...

Pretty cool stuff! Thanks for sharing!