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.
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
>> INDIVIDUAL CUPS FOR PASSENGERS
>> *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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