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16/07/1935 Parking meter is patented

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Oklahoma Stories: The Birthplace of the Parking Meter

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The First Parking Meter

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Oklahoma City site of first parking meter

Thuesen and Hale began working on the parking meter at the request of Oklahoma lawyer and newspaper publisher Carl C. Magee, who received the patent for the apparatus. The first models were based on a coin acceptor, a dial to engage the mechanism and a visible pointer and flag to indicate expiration of paid period.
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