"ticket spitter"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Aug 11 19:47:35 UTC 2010

At 8/11/2010 09:35 AM, Nancy Friedman wrote:
>"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.

They waited 47 years to register the trademark??!  ("Ticket spitter'
appeared in 1955, in Parking magazine.)

Thanks for the photograph -- if the "Please Use Other Ticket Spitter"
legend is actually displayed (out-spitted?) by the Ticket Spitter,
then Jesse's minions will not have to rush off to Brookline, Mass.,
to record the hand-lettered sign I saw.


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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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