Tyme machines into the future

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed Jul 12 15:33:52 UTC 2006

>I have been curious lately of the how widespread the use of "tyme
>machine" (pronounced "time") is, as referring to ATM machines. Being
>from Wisconsin (particularly west central WI), many ATMs have the
>Tyme logo on them, though I think it is a type of ATM card and not a
>type of machine. I've googled "tyme" as a card and it seems mainly
>located in WI (though I could be wrong). I know in west central WI
>"tyme machine" is a very common name for an ATM and I think it is
>also common throughout much of WI and maybe Minnesota. I've used the
>term out on the east coast of the U.S. and got some strange looks,
>so obviously it isn't common everywhere. Anyone have any ideas?

TYME was the name of the ATM I used in Milwaukee 1982-84. I recall
that it was an acronym (pace the discussion over THAT term! :-))--but
I don't remember what it stood for.


Barbara Need

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