Trivia Minute July 16, 2015

132: Parking Meters

by Marcus Michelson
Title: Close up of parking meter in Long Beach, Calif., circa 1940 Publication:Los Angeles Daily News
Parking meter in Long Beach, Calif., circa 1940. (Los Angeles Daily News photo, copyright expired)

Today is the 80th anniversary of the installation of the first parking meter.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about them.

One, that first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Great Britain’s first parking meter was installed in London’s Grosvenor Square in 1958. The original model was coin-operated and this design remained largely unchanged for more than 40 years.

Two: New York City hired its first group of parking attendants, known at the time as meter maids, in 1960. The city hired its first male parking attendant in 1967.

Three: The original style of parking meter has largely been replaced by multispace meters, which require drivers to walk to a centrally located meter and purchase a ticket which is then placed in the vehicle. Many of these machines accept paper money and credit cards, in addition to coins.

Our question: What was the occupation of the first person to challenge a parking ticket in court?

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