Brunch (1896); Dime (1995)---(Question)

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sat Feb 28 23:21:35 UTC 2004

----- Original Message -----
From: "James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at AOL.COM>
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2004 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: Brunch (1896); Dime (1995)---(Question)

> or perhaps the reference is to putting a dime into not a payphone but a
> toilet.
> I don't know if pay toilets in the US always cost a dime, but a man born
> 1920 told me that as a child he and his buddies would offer, for a nickel,
> slip under the door of a pay booth and unlock it from the inside.      -
James A. Landau

US newspapers from 1952 show the Pennsylvania railroad was trying to get
Congressional legislation to raise the price of pay toilets in their
stations from a nickel to a dime.

So, it's likely all pay toilets in US were only a nickel up until that time.


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