Wow 75 years ago the first meter was installed and motoring life was changed forever
Its amazing. The technology remained virtually unchanged for almost 60 years. There were “meter shops” in every city and town. Skilled craftsmen with a watchmaker’s skill kept the tiny machines running. Then came solid state machines and the need for skill abated. These were “swap out” units.
Today the venerable meter is under attack. P and D, P by S, pay by cell, credit card machines threaten the single space meter.
In my mind few devices will replace this mechanical wonder when it comes to ease of use and convenience. Put in a nickel, turn the crank and you were on your way. No walks to the corner, no numbers to remember, no plastic. Quick. Easy. A elegant device for a more simple time.
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