Bellgraphic Versus Gibson
Saturday, 1 January 2022
This, readers may remember from yesterday, is the inside of a Bellgpaphic ticket machine. On the right passenger tickets plus carbon copy paper; and on the left the copies retained in the machine after the tickets have been issued. The main mechanism is a lever and ratchet which moves the tickets on one by one as they are issued.
Here is Mr Gibson's machine. To help readers with legibility, fbb has split the phot into two.
All this is covered in Andrew Cross' excellent and strongly recommended book ...
In fascinating detail, the book covers th development of the system. Attempts were made to reduce costs, for example.
It was rapid inflation that led to another cunning plan. Tickets machines were equipped, not with ticket-price numbers, but with letters.
But the age of mechanical calculation was to be usurped by electronics and the book explains the process of converting to the well-remembered Wayfarer system, both for on-bus one man operation and round the necks of the conductor.
Change of Blind
But ever optimistically, fbb wishes all his readers the compliments of the season.
Far more satisfactory than the modern extended Spend-mas a k a Kriss-mus!
Next Variety blog : Sunday 2nd January