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Scales and other Service Machines

The first patent for a coin-operated weighing scale by Percival Everitt in 1884 signalled the dawn a profusion of service machines in every conceivable public arena. They were less vulnerable to the security issues which plagued machines which vended tangible goods and often provided something which would not previously have been paid for. Children's coin-operated rides have been included in this section, but machines that serve up amusement (music, pictures or games) will be found elsewhere in the Museum.


 

Toilet Lock

Maskelyne's Patent Toilet Lock

This elegant brass box will be a familiar sight to many. As the ubiquitous gatekeeper of the public lavatory it engendered the common phrase to spend a penny. J Maskelyne was a man of many parts...