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July 5, 1938.
E. R. BEVERLEY
2,122,973
PARKING METER
Filed March 22, 1937
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ATTORNEY
July 5, 1938.
E. R_ BEVERLEY
2,122,973
PARKING METER
Filed March 22, 1957
5 Sheets-Sheet 2
' INVENTOR
Ernest, I2. Beverly
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ATTOR
July 5, 1938.
E, R BEVERLEY
2,122,973
PARKING METER
Filed March 22, 1937
5 Sheets-Sheet 5
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ATTORNEY
Patented July s, 1938
’ 2,122,973
‘UNITED STATES. PATENT OFFICE
2,122,973
PARKING METER
Ernest R; Beverley, Kansas City, Mo.
Application ‘March 22, 1937, Serial/No. 132,239
3 Claims. (Cl. 194-95)
Figure 5 is a similar view showing the rela—
This invention relates to automobile parking
meters. It is one of the objects oi’ the present
invention to provide a parking meter of the type
that is actuated responsive to the insertion of
5 a coin thereinto, so that an indicating ?ag is
moved to its paid position and retained there
for a definite time interval to indicate that the
tive position of the parts after a coin has been
inserted to set the timing mechanism‘ in oper
ation;
Figure 6 is 9, view similar to Figure 5 and show
ing the released position of the timing lever ef
fected by the passing of a coin through the me
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motorist parkedadjacent the meter has paid the ter; and
.
Figure 7 is a front view’ of the lower portion
parking fee, and has not been parked in that
m location for more than the period fixed by stat ‘of the mechanism showing the coin release le 10'
ute or regulation. It is a further object of the ver as actuated by the coin to release the pre
present invention to provide a meter of the viously inserted coin.
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Figure 8 is a cross-sectional view taken on
above character whichshall be simple and eco
nomical of construction and reliable in action. the line 8-8 of Figure 6.
Referring now ‘more particularly to the draw 15.
15 In order to obtain simplicity of construction and
reliability of action it is an object of this inven- ' ings, the meter comprises a suitable casing i
having a back and rim extending around the
.tion to provide a construction wherein the in
dicating?ag is moved to the‘ payment indi
same, which rim constitutes the sides and the
cating position by the direct weight of the coin top of the casing. The casing l is open at the
20 inserted. It is a further object of the present front and is closed by a front cover plate 2 which
invention to provide a parking meter of the above has a projecting tongue at its lower edge that
mentioned character wherein the ‘indicating ?ag fits into a groove in the front of the casing, and
which has a rearward projection 3 that includes
is latched or otherwise held in its indicating po
sition, subject to release of the latch by a time ‘ a notch into which a cam 4 of a key controlled
locking mechanism 5 extends. When the cam
25 controlled mechanism which commences its tim
ing operation upon the movement of the flag 4 is in the position illustrated in Figure 2 the
to its indicating position. It is a still further cover is held locked in place. The cover may be
object of the present invention to provide a released by insertion of a key into the lock and
mechanism of the above character wherein the turning of the cam 4 until it leaves the groove
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30 time interval for releasing of. the ?ag may be in the projection 3.
altered in a simple manner so as to allow for ,
The cover 4 has a coin receiving opening 5
greater or lesser parking intervals as deter
therein and a transparent window 6 for viewing
mined by the setting of the mechanism, which the indicating flag when the same is moved to
setting may be altered on diiyferent days of the its parking position, and a coin viewing win
35 week when the parking problems are different. dow 1. The windows 6 and ‘I ‘may comprise one
The attainment of the above and further ob- ' unitary piece of glass. The various ‘operating
jects of the present invention will be apparent and indicating mechanism for the meter are
from the following speci?cation taken in con— mounted upon the front cover plate 2, and in
junction with the accompanying drawings form . elude anindicating ?ag i0 pivoted at H and
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ing a part thereof.
In ‘the drawings:
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Figure l is a front elevational view of the park
ing meter, the indicating ?ag being shown by
dotted lines in its upper or normal non-park
45 ing position, and in full lines in its lower or tim
ing position;
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Figure 2 is a central vertical section through
the meter housing with the mechanism therein
shown in elevation;
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Figure 3 is a rear elevational view of the tim
ing mechanism and the mounting plate there
for;
Figure 4 is a front elevation of the timing
mechanism with its indicating ?ag in its up
55 per or normal position;
having a notch or tooth l2 for receiving a catch
IS on a .lever N that is pivoted at I5 upon a
plate It which is secured to the front cover 2
but spaced therefrom. The lever I4 is urged in
a counter-clockwise direction, that is, in a di
rection to bring the catch i3 into engagement
with the notch I! by a spring IS. The lever i4
is also provided with a projection i9 against
one side of which the spring l8 bears and against
the other side of which bears a cam 20 of a
?oating bell crank 2| pivoted at 22 on a tim
ing release lever 23, which is in turn pivoted
24 to the plate iii. The timing release lever
is urged to its normal position, as indicated
Figures 4 and 5, by a spring 26. A spring
normally urges the indicating ?ag iii in
at
23
in
21
a
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counter-clockwise direction to its normal or non
parking position. The ?ag I0 swings in front
of a plate 30 that is secured to but'slightly spaced
from the plate It. The plate 20 has an arcuate
in slot Ii therein which is curved about the ?ag
pivot II as a center. The ?ag II has apin l2
projecting laterally therefrom and extending
into and through the slot 3|. A pair of coin
guides 344! are also provided between the plates
10 l8 and 30.
The ?oating bell crank 2| is provided with a
gear segment having teeth 2| adapted to engage
a pinion 39 which is continuously driven in a
clockwise direction by a clock ll, which maybe a
spring controlled eight day clock, or any other
suitable timing mechanism. A releasable pin '2
limits the extent of turning of the bell crank 2|
about its pivot 22, said pin being placed selec
tively in one of four holes, indicated at 42,
thereby affording a controlled variable amount
of permissive movement of the bell crank 2i.
The operation of the parking meter is as fol
lows: Upon insertion of a coin, indicated at 50,
(Fig. 6) into the slot I the coin ?rst engages the
time release lever 28 and moves it to the position
indicated in Figure 6. This moves the floating
pivot 22 about the pivot 24 and thus moves the
gear teeth 3! out of engagement with the pinion
2!.‘ It also moves the lever“ to its releasing
30 position. Continued movement of the coin be
tween the guideways 34-25 and between the
plates II and 20 causes the coin to engage the
pin 22 on the flag 4. and by its weight it moves
'the ?ag downwardLv to its ‘indicating position.
As soon as the coin passes the release lever 23
this lever is returned to its original position, thus
permitting the return of the lever II to its orig
inal position. In the meantime the coin has
lowered the ?ag to the position indicated in Fig~
40 ure 5, so that when the lever ll returns to its
initial position the catch l2 thereof engages the
notch l2 oi’ the lever and locks ‘the ?ag against
return movement to the position illustrated at
Figure 4. The coin continua to drop until it
reaches the position illustrated in Figure 5 where
it is held in front of the window ‘I by a pin 55
that is located at the end of a bell crank lever B‘
pivoted at l‘l, said pin extending through and
moving within a slot ‘I in the plate Ii. A spring
ll holds the bell crank lever 80 in the position
illustrated‘ in Figure 5.
when the lever 28 returns to its normal posi
tion the gear teeth 22 engage the teeth of the
pinion ll and as a result the lever 2| is slowly
turned about its pivot 22 in a counter-clockwise
direction. After a predetermined time interval,
depending upon the initial position of the pin 42
which limited the amount of downward move
ment of the lever 21, the arm 2| engages the
projection ll of the lever ll and swings the lever'
about its pivot II to retract the catch I! from
the notch l2 of the nag ll, whereupon the flag
is returned to its initial position, indicated in
Figure 4. by the spring 21.
The coin it remains in front of the window ‘I
until it is released by the dropping of a subse
quent coin into the parking meter, whereupon
the coin II drops into a suitable receptacle '0.
This is accomplished as follows: When a subse
70 quent coin is inserted into the meter and actu
ates the mechanism in the manner previously
described. the coin drops into engagement with
a pin 6| at the end of one arm of the lever N,
which pin rides in a slot It in the plate it. 'Ihe
76 weight of the coin swings the lever 50 clockwise
thereby moving the pin 5! in the slot II to re
lease the previously inserted coin. when the
‘subsequent coin disengages the pin 65, the pre
vious coin having dropped into the box 60, the
lever II returns to the position illustrated in
Figure 5 and thus holds the last coin against
dropping into the boxill.
From the above description it is apparent that
I have provided a simple and reliable parking
meter wherein the permissive parking time may
be varied in a simple manner, and wherein the
mechanism is si'm'ple and reliable in its action
and economical oi construction, and wherein the
coin itself effects the necessary movement of the
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flag to its indicating position, thus obviating the
need of complicated or other mechanism'for mov
ing the flag to its indicating position when a coin
is dropped thereinto.
In compliance with the requirements of the
patent statutes I have here shown and described
a preferred embodiment of my invention. It is.
however, to be understood that the invention is
not limited to the precise construction here
shown, the same being merely illustrative of the
principles of the invention. What I consider new "
and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. Control mechanism for a coin controlled
parking meter, comprising a movable signal ilag,
means engaged by an inserted coin for moving
the flag from a ?rst position to a second posi 30
tion, a latch for holding the ?ag in its second
position, and means for releasing the latch com
prising a coin actuated pivoted release lever hav
ing a gear segment pivoted at one end thereof,
a clock, a pinion driven by the clock and engag
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ing the gear segment, said gear segment having
means for releasing the latch upon' movement
thereof by the pinion, means forming a coin
passageway, said lever extending into said pas
sageway and being moved by passage of a coin in 40
said passageway, said gear segment being moved
out of engagement with the pinion by the coin
controlled movement of the release lever where
upon the segment returns to its initial position
for reengagement with the pinion upon return
movement of the release lever.
2. Control mechanism for a coin controlled
parking meter, comprising a signal ?ag movable
from a ?rst position to a second position, a latch
for holding the ?ag in its second position, and
means for releasing the latch comprising a coin
actuated pivoted release lever having a gear seg
ment pivoted at one end thereof, a clock, a pinion
driven by the clock and engaging the gear seg
ment, said gear ‘segment having means for re
leasing the latch upon movement thereof by the
pinion, means forming a coin passageway, said
lever extending into said passageway and being
moved by passage of a coin in said passageway,
said ‘gear segment being moved out of engage
ment with the pinion by the coin controlled
movement of the release lever whereupon the
segment returns to its initial position for reen
gagement with the pinion upon return movement
of the release lever, said ?ag having a pin secured
thereto and projecting into said coin passageway,
said ?ag being moved to its second‘ position by
the weight of a coin on the pin, and spring means
for returning the ?ag to its ?rst position upon
release of the latch.
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3. Control mechanism for a time controlled
parking meter comprising a pair of parallel
plates, means between the plates forming a coin
passageway, a signal flag pivotally mounted on
one of the plates and movable in front oi.’ the ior II
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ward one o! the plates from a ?rst position to a
’ second position, the forward one of the two
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plates having an arcuate slot therein, said ?ag
having a pin secured thereto and extending into
said slot in said coin passageway, said ?ag being
so balanced about its pivot that when the pin is
engaged by a coin moving in said passageway
the weight of the coin disturbes the balance‘su?l
ciently to move the ?ag to its second position, a
latch for holding the ?ag in its second position,'
and timing means for releasing the latch a ?xed
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interval 01 time after the ?ag has been moved to
its second position, said timing means including
a clock, a pinion driven by the clock, a gear seg
ment engaged ‘by the pinion and driven thereby,
cam means actuated by the gear segment for 5
releasing the latch,, and a coin controlled lever
for resetting the gear segment to a starting posi
tion each time that a coin is moved through said
coin passageway.
ERNEST R. BEVERLEY.
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