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Object ID XX.2010.57
Object Name Ticket, Chopper
Collection Object/Artifact Collection
Date circa 1904
Description Entering the New York City subways prior to the 1920s was much like entering a movie theater today. Passengers bought paper tickets from a clerk in a wooden ticket booth. The ticket was then dropped into the ticket chopper. An attendant checked tickets through the glass compartment on top. The tickets would slide down a glass plate on to a trap door. The attendant, upon approval of the ticket, would raise the lever extending from the front of the box, dropping the ticket on to a pair of toothed rollers that would chop and shred the ticket, rendering it un-reusable.
Manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand Company
Maker Ingersoll-Rand Company
Maker's Role Manufacturer
Place of Origin New York, NY
Dimension Details 48 3/4-in. OH x 17-in. OW x 22-in. OD
Material Wood/Plexiglass/Metal
People/Corporations Ingersoll-Rand Company
Interborough Rapid Transit Company
Subjects Tickets
Search Terms Ticket Chopper
Operating Agency Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT)
Transportation Agency Public Service Commission for the First District
Number of images 4.0