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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