"ticket spitter"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 11 00:36:11 UTC 2010

At 7:56 PM -0400 8/10/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>New to me, and not in the OED.  But apparently that's what they call 'em:
>SST Ticket Spitter (R_ / Model Model MG 1000
>(1)  Back to 1955, allegedly (via Google Books, snippet):
>"Parking" magazine [who knew?], e.g.  p. 109 [which GB classifies as
>"House and Home"!]:
>That is why Latham Time Recording Systems were chosen for the new
>"Ticket Splitter" by Automatic Parking Devices.

Should this one be "Ticket Spitter" too, I assume?  The typo seems
inevitable, or maybe it's just that we had our primaries today.


>I note that the SST Model MG 100 is made by "Federal APD / Federal
>Signal Corporation", presumably the successor of "Automatic Parking Devices".
>(2)  1956 May (vol. 168, No. 5). p. 116:
>"... Stubs Go Automatic A "ticket spitter" time-stamps identification
>cards for motorists entering this Detroit municipal parking lot.
>Activated by a treadle over which the cars must roll, it cuts down on
>the attendant's work. ..."  [Clearly a more primitive mechanism.]
>Neither verified on paper, but GB gives us an image of the Popular
>Science page.
>(3)  2010 Aug. 10:
>Please drive to the next spitter and take your ticket.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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