I saw this photo of the 1968 riots on Ebay. Does anyone have an idea what the vertical thing is to the left of the garbage can? I thought it was a parking meter, but it really doesn't look like one I've seen. Thanks.
I clicked on 'Riots 1968" and went to Flickr. I went to the largest version of the picture. there's grass all the way up to the thing, which leads me to believe the thing is in the ground. it looks like a parking meter with it's coin box removed. The oval part at the top looks like the time remaining indicator. But the question comes up: a parking meter that close to a bus stop? Unless, it's an old parking meter taken out of service, but never removed.
Next to that litter container that old man Daley had placed all around the city the item in question looks to be six feet tall. I don't think it's a parking meter, I'm going with a scale, or some type of odd vending machine. On the back you can see a lock and a chain on which to hang said lock, so as not to misplace it.
It is a penny scale. As big and clunky as those things were, they were found on quite a few major streets. I remember a few on Chicago Ave. growing up in the 60's. They were on the sidewalks usually chained to a light pole near a bus stop.
If I remember correctly, Chicago didn't start using parking meters until the later 30s. On a FC walking tour last year, we saw the factory where these things were made. Forgot the exact location. I do remember hearing that Mexico City was the first to "take advantage" of such devices.
That’s a penny (nickle?) scale. There was one just like it in a drug store near the Granville L station through the mid 70’s. The owner sometimes moved it outside in the summer. The panel on the top featured a grid (light-toned area to the right) which showed what your weight ought to be in comparison with your height.