"ticket spitter"

Nancy Friedman nancyf at WORDWORKING.COM
Wed Aug 11 13:35:56 UTC 2010

"Ticket Spitter" has been a registered trademark of Federal APD, a company
in Novi, Michigan, since 2002. The registered name is Smart System Transport
Ticket SpitterR.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Joel S. Berson [mailto:Berson at ATT.NET]
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 4:57 PM
Subject: "ticket spitter"

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.

I note that the SST Model MG 100 is made by "Federal APD / Federal
Signal Corporation", presumably the successor of "Automatic Parking

(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.

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