N&W in 1911--Station water

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Fri Jun 3 00:08:51 EDT 2011

Here's a link to a penny operated dixie cup dispenser. I guess this is what
they were talking about. I've never seen anything quite like this.


Greenville, NC

On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 12:05 AM, Michael Weeks <mow0802 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't suppose anybody has a picture of this machine or a similar one do

> they? I would kind of like to see what this thing looked like. Sounds like

> cutting edge technology in 1911, LOL.


> Mike Weeks

> Greenville NC



> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>wrote:


>> Bluefield Daily Telegraph

>> October 12, 1911



>> ------

>> *A Penny in the Slot at the Passenger Station Will Get a Cup*

>> The Norfolk and Western has installed a sanitary drinking cup

>> arrangement at the passenger station which will provide individual cups for

>> each person. The arrangement is a novelty for this depot as heretofore an

>> adequate water supply with or without cups has not been provided. The man

>> who wants a drink of water at the depot now can get it by dropping a penny

>> in the slot and the paper cup will be automatically delivered at once.

>> Of course there are some who will not be satisfied with plain water

>> and for the convenience of those people it might be added that the licensed

>> moisteners are still in business across the street. The advantage that

>> water offers is found in its cheapness, and being able to save four cents or

>> more per glass. The patent drinking cup arrangement is the same as is found

>> on the Norfolk and Western trains.

>> ------

>> [*Only five cents for a brew across the street? As Archie and Edith

>> sang, "Those were the days."*]


>> Gordon Hamilton


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