Transport: Meter Matters

Early in 1935, Editor Carlton Cole Magee of the Oklahoma News invented a device which he called the Dual Park-O-Meter because it had two purposes: to control parking, provide revenue. A typical parking meter is a waist-high metal post standing at curb's edge and crowned with a dial and a simple slot machine. When a coin is inserted, the meter marks time for the car parked beside it. When time is up, the driver must move his car away or risk a summons. In November 1935, Oklahoma City tried 174 of Editor Magee's meters,...

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