A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 05, 2006
Pay-and-Display
New York City now has "pay-and-display" parking systems, but they originated in England.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
pay-and-display Brit., designating, relating to, or operating a system of car parking in which the driver buys a ticket for a specified period of time and displays it in the car while it is parked.

1970 Traffic Engin. & Control 409 (advt.) Enforcement + revenue when you install the *Pay and Display system, on-street/off-street, pioneered by the Universal Parking Meter Co Ltd. 1989 A. AIRD 1990 Good Pub Guide 350/2 Only parking is in pay and display car park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_and_display
Pay and display machines are a subset of ticket machines used for regulating parking in urban areas or in carparks. It relies on a customer purchasing a ticket from a machine and displaying the ticket on the dashboard, or windscreen or passenger window of the vehicle.

(Google Groups)
Pins in Southeast UK
... weapon 3 The Astrolat - just off of Madrid Road, close to the A3, - Party Zone The Cannon, right in guildford center next to a big pay and display carpark. ...
rec.games.pinball - Mar 26 1993, 11:27 pm by Andy Bethell - 3 messages - 2 authors

7 January 1996, New York Times, pg. CY6:
The B.I.D. wants to replace the 111 parking meters between the Avenue of the Americas and Broadway with as few as six "pay-and-display" machines. A driver deposits coins in a machine and gets a receipt to (be -- ed.) displayed on the dashboard.

12 October 1997, New York Times, pg. CY6:
Multispace meters work like the pay-and-display systems used in Europe, where tickets indicating exact parking and expiration times are dispensed by machine and displayed on car dashboards. Tested this year on West Eighth Street in Greenwich Village, they will be installed at 20,000 spaces on streets and in municipal lots and garages before year's end.

Posted by Barry Popik
Transportation • (0) Comments • Wednesday, April 05, 2006 • Permalink