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Publication numberUS2570920 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 9, 1951
Filing dateJun 4, 1949
Priority dateJun 4, 1949
Publication numberUS 2570920 A, US 2570920A, US-A-2570920, US2570920 A, US2570920A
InventorsClough Charles A, Murphy Robert D, Trier Raymond T
Original AssigneeSuperior Switchboard & Devices
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Parking meter coin discharge guiding construction
US 2570920 A
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PARKING METER COIN DISCHARGE GUIDING CONSTRUCTION Filed June 4, 1949 5 Sh'eets-Sheet 2 ATTORNEYS Oct. 9, 1951 c. A. cLoUGH ET AL PARKING METER COIN DISCHARGE GUIDING CONSTRUCTION Filed June 4,y 1949 3 Sheets--SheerI 5 @@d W. 0MM WMTM. am@ @Ew MRM n ATTORNEYS Patented Oct. 9, 1951 PARKING METER COIN DISCHARGE GUIDING Ns'rnUc'rroNly i Charles A. Clough, Massillon, Raymond T. Trier, North Canton, and Robert D. Murphy, Canton, Ohio, assignors to The Superior Switchboard &,Devices Company, Canton,`0hio, a corporation of Ohio Application June 4, 1949, serial No. 97,118v

' 23 claims. (crass-fie) 4 The invention relatesgenerally to coin-operated parking meters of the general type shown in the McGay PatentNo. 2,284,221, and more particularly to improvements in structure for guiding all coins discharged from the meter mechanism into a storage box and periodically from said box into the bag orreceptacle of a person authorized to make collections.

The housing. for parking meters of this type normally has an upperwdoor giving access to the metermechanism and a lower door giving access to the .discharged coin storage compartment. In certain prior constructions a sealed cylindrical coin tube having a coin-receiving slot in its upper` end is placed in the coin storage compartmentv with its coin slot located immediatelyunder the normaldischarge vopening in the bottom ofthe meter mechanism throughV which coins are discharged. An authorized col-V lector periodically unlocks and opens the lower door to the coin storage compartment andreplaces the coin tube therein with an empty sealed tube.

If these coin tubes become Worn or if they are carelesslyinserted, the coin slot in the tube becomes misaligned with the coin discharge opening in the meter mechanism. Such misalignment often occurs because the meter housing and coin box are castings and therefore become warped or distorted during Vmanufacture.v In any case, the result is that some ofthe coins fall into the storage compartment outside the coin tube and may become lodged around the usual mounting bolt for the meter housing where they canbe appropriated Without. being accounted for, either by the person doing the collecting or by someone opening 4the upper door1to the mechanism compartment and fishing :the coins out through the upper compartment. i Y

In certain parking meters of this type Which aredesigned'to be operated by coins of a certain denomination, provision has been made for bypassing smaller coins through the meter mechanism Without operatingl the mechanism. In certain other meters designed to be operated for different time intervals by coins of different denominations, provision has been made for bypassing certain coins by Which the meter is not designed to be operated. In such cases, the bypassed coins are discharged at a point laterally adjacent to the normal coin discharge opening,

and these by-passed coins either become lodged.

in the lower part of the meter mechanism compartment or fall into the coin tube compartment outsideof the'tube, Where they can be appropriated, Without beingaccounted for, byA the co1-A lector oranyone else having a key to either the upper `or lowerdoor. Y

Ithasbeen proposed to replace the coin tube by a spring-hinged box mounted on the inside,

ofthe coin compartmentrdoor and arranged to be Aopened automatically when the compartment doorvisopened for discharging coins into a collectingA bag Vor receptacle. Such boxes are apt to spill some of the coins because they open tooV Y ,Another diiculty `with* prior l constructions is that the mechanism compartment and coin box compartmentare open one into the other, and., a person gaining access to one compartment has easy access to the other.

It isa general object of the present invention to provide animproved coin discharge constructionfor a parking meter which overcomes all of the foregoing difficulties and disadvantages.

A specific object is to provide a novel coin chute Whichv guides coins discharged from the meter mechanism into a coin storage box, regardless of variations in location and alignment of the mechanism and coin storage box.

Another object is to provide a novel coin discharge construction which guides all coins discharged from the meter mechanism into the storage box, including by-passed coins discharged at a1 l ocationV laterally adjacent to or different from'thenormal, discharge point.

.Another object is to provide a novel coin discharge construction including aY partition Wall preventing access in either direction between the meter mechanism compartment and coin storage compartment, said partition Wall having a coin chute for guiding all coins, discharged from the mechanism into the coin box, and cooperating means on the meter housing for guiding bypassed coins into the chute.

A furtherV object is to provide an improved spring-hinged coin box adapted to be mounted on the coin storage compartment door and thel ybox having a lower door acting as a chute when opened to guide coins from the box into a co1- lectors bag.

Another object is to provide an improved spring-hinged coin box which does not open until the chute door has swung out to a proper discharging position. A

Another object is to provide a novel detachable support I'or the improved coin box, which.

support 1s easily inserted in the bottom of the coln. storage compartment for supporting the. com box 1n quickly removable position.

A still further object is to provide. improved means Ior hooking a pull chain for the coin box door over the meter housing mounting bolt such a way that the chain. is. easier. attached...

and less apt to become accidentally detached.

Finally, it is an object of the present invention to embody all of the foregoing objectives in a compact and practical construction'which economical to manufacture and simple and easy to operate, and which requires substantially-noV maintenance or repair.

These and other objectsare accomplished. by thev parts, improvements, arrangements,` constructions and combinations comprisingfthe present invention, aprei'erred embodiment of' which is setforth hereinby way of example. ofthe .best known mode for carrying out the invention, said embodiment being illustrated in the accompanyingrdrawings and describedin detail in thespeciflcation, the scope of the invention, including reasonable mechanical equivalents, being. dened in the appended claims.

In general terms, the improvementscomprs'- ing the present invention may be stated as including a partition wall locatedbetweenthe .metermechanism compartment and the coinvstor.- age compartmentrof the meter housing andhaving a funnel-shaped chute therein for guiding coins discharged from the. meter= downwardly into the storage compartment,V there being. inwardly projecting means on the meter housingk for cooperating withthe coin chute tovdirect by-passed coinsY downwardly into the storage compartment, a spring-hinged coin box adapted to beV mounted on the coinstorage door or removably supported within-the storage compartment byv an insertable support, saidcoin b'oXhavin'ga coin-receiving slot in-its upper wall-f nor.- mally positioned under thecoin. chute inthe. partition wall, and a hinged chute dooronfche lcoin box having side guidingv walls and a discharge lip, there being a pull chain attached to the hinged chute door and adaptedto hook under. a washer on the meter housing mounting. bolt projecting into the bottom ofthe coin storage compartment.

Referring to the drawings forming part hereof in which a preferred embodimentsof.. thexinvenf tion-is shown by way` of. example; l

Figure 1 is a front vertical sectional View of a parking meter embodying the invention, parts of a meter housing beingshown in crossl section;

Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional'viewsubstantially on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectionalV ViewV similar to Fig. 2 showing the coin storage compartment door in partially open position;

Fig. 4 is a similar view showing the coin.stor-. age compartment door more fully opened,I and the chute door of thev box in position.to..dls. charge coins into anexterior receptacle;v

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary viewas online. 5`-5; Fig. 4;

Fig. 6 is a. fragmentary frontelevation.. of.v a slightly different. embodiment ofthe invention, with the coin storage compartment door broken away, showing the manner of removably supporting the coin box on the insertable support;

Fig. 7 is a fragmentary sectional view thereof similar to Fig. 2 showing the coin box removably mounted;

Fig. 8;.isan enlarged detached perspective view of the insertable support for removably supporting the coin box;

Fig. 9 is a plan sectional view as on line 9 9. Fig. 1; and

Fig.` 10 is a plan sectional View as on line lli-l0, Fig. 1;

Similar numerals refer to similar parts throughout. the drawings.

Referring firstto Figs. 1 and 2, the parking meter hasav housing including an upper head portion I IV. anda lower neck portion I2 of reduced size. The housing portion Il forms a compartment for the meter mechanism indicated generally at i3, and the lower portion l2 forms a storage..` compartment.' for coins whichzhaivee been dischargedV from. the: meter: mechanism..V The.y housingportion H. has; a :front door Il giving: access. to the meter mechanism compartment' andfthehousing portion IZ'hasa frontdoor give' ing access to the coin storage compartment..

Asbest shown in Figs: 6': and 1-0, both. doors i4 and I5 are hinged preferably onizthe. same.hori; zontal hinge pin 1.6' located between. the two housinggportions Il. ands'lt; The. mechanism4 doorr I4 is hinged at itsiower: end for swinging. outwardly downward; and the. coin, door l5:- is hinged at vits topend for* swinging. outwardly:v upward, as;.indicated in Figs.. B'fandi.

.A screw lock H is. provided inthe top,y of= door.' Ill for-engagingA thefthrea'ds.. l8on theinner end of-a. stud; I9 toloclethefdoorr'shut; A. bolt lock. Zilliszprovidedinthe. bottom of'door lixfor. lock'.- ing ithe: door 'shut by. engaging. Athe ipivoted; canr lever 2f! f in a. slot 22 1in;tl'iefbottomv of the house-y ingportion l2;

A. shank 23'risr provided.` at the lower end ofthe housing portion l2, and the shank isnormally; mounted onza suitable-i post.' (not: shown).r and secured thereto in;a..usual manner by an expanf. sion anchor bolt 2.llf,..the'fhead` 25:. of which pro-f: jects intoithe coin storage;compartment.L Pref. erably, two. washerslrand 2-1 of decreasingdhy ameter. are provided-runder.. the-head 25: of the: bolt for a purposezto. begdescribed..

The meter mechanism |33Lincludes.. the; usual indicator or pointeranwhich; is; movableacross; a. dial 2.9; forfindicating elapsed: time,- the dial; beingvisible throughan :observation window.I 305 in the. door t4?when.theimeteriszoperating: The dialV carries: an.; expired timeflag 31.-: extending above. the -dial andsthe: flagi. is; visible through the window.; 3D; and an similar; rear. observation. win@ dow 32 in the housing portion Lic .when themeter.4 isnot operating.

The meter mechanism. housinghasa. oo in vplate 33pmounted'y in.- spaced relation on they front thereof, and'a coin capfplateL-34k is. mountedrin' front of the plate 33: and" spaced relation thereto, asindicatedfinzFig, 2*. The; upper edge 35-r ofthe 'coincapvplateris angled;V outwardly for receiving a coininserted. through the exterior slot 36 so that the-coin -willpassby` gravityl downwardly between/che plates-33:.and 3.4.r After the coin 'has operated .the mechanism.r itl, comes to. rest temporarily at: thepositionI indicated atl At in Fig, 1 infront offplate.;SBs'andwbehindanxopenf ing the caprplate;34;.where;it is visible through a: small. observation. windowf 3 1; known? as; afScot-cljneye imthesdoorf Mz-h WheneanQthriGQin isdeposited in the meter it operates thefgmechanism and discharges the previous coin out be.- tween the plates 33 and 34, and on the left side of screw 34', Figs. 1 and 2.

-In certain prior constructions where a sheet metal coin tube having a slot in its upper end was removably inserted in the coin storage compartment, it is obvious that relatively slight variations in the position of the coin tube, due to distortion or wear of the tube or to inaccurate positioning, would produce misalignment between the coin-receiving slot in the tubeand the discharge point B in the meter mechanism I3. The result was that loften the coins missed the .coin-receivingslot and found their way down into the coin storage compartment around the outside of the coin tube. Thusthe person collecting the coin tubes could very easily appropriate .these loose coins without accounting for them, because Vthe only coins required to be accounted for were the onesfwithin the sealed coin tube.

Y Moreover, in parking meters of this type designed to be operated by nickels only for one or two-hour periods, the meter mechanism .is arranged so that if a penny is inserted in the slot 36 it passes down behind the cap plate 34, but bypasses the operating mechanism and is discharged out between the plates 33 and 34 at a point laterally opposite to the point B, on the right side of screw 34', such as indicated at C in Fig. 1. Certain other meters of this general type which are designed to be operated for different time.. intervals by nickels and pennies, for example, are also constructed so as to by-pass coins of smaller dimension, such as dimes. These are discharged at the point C` also.

With all such meter mechanisms the conventional housing would cause such by-passed coins to become lodged in or around the point C between the meter mechanism and the side wallv 38 of the door I4, so that a person collecting coins from the meters, or a trafc oliicer having access to the mechanism compartment, could appropriate the Icy-passed coins without accounting for them. Moreover, any person having access to the mechanism compartment could fish out loose.

coins in the coin storage compartment up through the mechanism compartment.

According to the present invention, a partition wall 40 is mounted between the mechanism compartment and th'e coin storage compartment, and the partition wall 40 rests on the upper ends of laterally spaced vertical wall portions 4| which extend upwardly from the lower housing portion I2 into the bottom of upper housing portion II and dene the opening 42 which connects the .two

compartments.

The wall portions 4I have forwardly projecting ears 42 in which the hinge pin I6 is mounted, and the tops of the ears are connected by a transverse web 43 to which the front end of the partition wall 40 is secured by screws 44. Thus the partition wall 46 completely separates and closes oi all communication between the mechanism compartment and the coin storage compartment, .except for the coin chute indicated generally at 45 which is formed in the partition wall. Thus, the partition wall prevents access fromthe coin storage compartment into the mechanism compartment, and fromthe mechanism compartment into the coin storage compartment.

1 The coin chute 45 has upwardly-projecting verticalfront and rear walls 46 and41,'an da vertical Wall148 closing'one side or endof `theV chute. These as indicated by the position B in,

Walls folrm a substantially rectangular chiite opening, as best shown in Fig. 9, which is substantially larger than the discharge opening between plates 33 and 34, and the top of the chute opening is positioned with a slight clearance very closely adjacent -to the bottom edges of the coin plates 33 and 34 of the mechanism; so .that a coin being discharged at the position B is substantially midway between the frontand rear walls 46 and 41, and also substantially midway of the sides or ends of the chute opening.

' As shown, the side of the chute opposite wall 4 8 is slotted or left open as indicated at .49 and thewalls 46 and 41 are extended laterally on both sides ofthe opening 49 so as to terminate substantially under the center of a by-passed coin being discharged at the position C,'as .best shown in Fig. 1.v Means for cooperating with the eX- tended walls 46 and 41, to guide or deflect the bypassed coins from the position C' into the. open side of the chute, preferably consists of a roundedboss portion 55 projecting inwardly from the side wall 38 of door I4 at a location immediately adjacent the side opening 49 of the chute. Thus as a by-passed coin is discharged at the position C, it is deflected inwardly and downwardly by the boss 5I), as indicated in dot-dash lines in Fig. 1.

The walls of the chute 45 extend downwardly below the partition wall 46 and are tapered inwardly in all directions as indicated at 5I to form a .relatively narrow funnel-shaped dischargeslot 52 for discharging coins into the coin storage compartment. Thus all coins discharged from the normal position B, and all by-passed coins discharged at the position C, are guided through the chute 45 and discharged therefrom at the narrow bottom slot 52. A coin box indicated generally at 54 is positioned in the coin storage compartment for receiving and storing coins discharged through the slot 52 of chute 45. This coin box preferably consists of a die casting made in two parts, aA`

front part comprising a front wall 55, side walls 5S and a top wall 51, and a rear wall or door 58 hinged between the side walls 56 on a hinge pin.

59 located at the rear end of the top wall 51.

At their upper front portions the side walls 56 are recessed, as indicated at 50, to form a narrow coin slot potion 5I which is adapted to t between the ears 42 of wall portions 4I, as shown in Fig. 10. The front wall 55 is provided with an internal boss 62 through which a screw 63 is normally inserted and screwed into an internal boss 64 on the coin compartment door I5, for mounting the coin box 54 on the door with the narrow coin portion 6I between the ears 42.

The coin-receiving slot 65 is formed in the coin portion 6I and when the coin box is mounted on the door I5 and the door fully closed, the coin slot B5 is positioned immediately below the discharge The bottom of coin slot 65 is narrow or thin and substantially the same thickness as the discharge opening at B between mechanism plates 33 and 34, which thickness is slightly greater than the thickest coin being discharged, so that the coins cannot be shaken outafter they drop into the bein Consequentlyg anyriisalignment ofthe slots# would 4o'ausei difficulty7 wereait not Ifor the tapered! or.V funnelshapel ofY both the:` chute 45=` and coinl sloti6'5.

As: bestshownin Fig. 5,` a torsion spring 56 is mounted around` theA hinge' pin`r 59.' for normally maintaining thef rear* wall 58' in closed position.

flange G8`ofthe rear wall58, and theother'end' 611"y bears against; a lug Gilformed on` one side wall 56 of thefrontlpart'of the box.

.Means forautomatically opening thebox 54 Whenthe coin door l51is manually opened prefer'- ablyzincludesrafpull chain 19, the ends 1l ofwhichl are inserted through holes in an inclined dischargelip-flZ-ioh-the bottom of the rear wall 58, andfsecured'to thelip by washersv 13; The loop end 'I4-of thefchainispositioned under the larger washer'v around4 anchor bolt 2li and engaged` aroundsthesm'aller washer 2l',v the rear of washer 26. forming a= shoulder for retaining. the'. chain; Therlength-ofv the chain l3=is such that it becomes-ftautwhen the door l5v is swung open to the-partly'open position of Fig. 3, in which position-ftheV front edge'of thedischarge lip 12 has mo'ved'outfbeyond all portions'of'the' coin compartinent' housing i2.

Further opening movement of the door to the substantially fully opened position of Fig. 4

causessth'e'chainl to pull `the rear door 58 open, 5 inwwhichfposition'allrcoins within the box areA discharged'by gravityinto a receptacle or sack, suchiasfindicatedat S, which may be held by thefcoin collector." Thejre'ar wall 58 is provided with side'guide wallsor flanges' 15' which coz ported in the compartment in'v a sealed' condition so' that the 'collector can quickly remove'the bo'xiand replace' it with an emptyA one. The box 54a'is1preierably'sealed shut with a strip of tape indicated: at( 'Elf which engirdles the entire box.

Tvheuneans for removably supporting the eoinebox' .1."-

4a in the coin compartment, with thenarrow portion El thereof located'between the'e'ars t2 of the housing", preierably'includesia novel detach-` ableclip indicated `generally'at i3;

The'clipiisfpreieiably formed of sheet metal,v and has an upper: wall lgprovidedwith a'reinfercing-ribg and'a cutoutportion 8i: Sidewalls 82"- extend vertically; downward from `the top :wall and are=-pro`vided at their bottom edges with inturnedv flanges' 83; AsA shown in Figs? Gand '7, theI intu'rned flanges are adapted to restv on the. bottom of the" coin storage'compartment be` hind the'n'iountingv bolt 2li and therwa'shersZ aridtlthereon'; In 'thisv position 'the upper wall T9 Foff the clip supportsithe-rear edge portion =84 of-"the coinV boxl Ma so' that the' coin portion Elfde-positioned immediately under the discharge slot 525erv the chute in the partitionwall.Y When the coin compartment door I5 is closed it abuts the iront wall 55 of lthe'coirrbox in amanner such-as shown'in Fig: 2,y so thatethe coin box= is" securely supported-inv position with its:V coin-receiving slot under the chutei45'. i

' The r cutout portion 81 of '"thetop #wall-l ofi theclip receiveszthedepending-rib 85 1of the coin-boxl *5 movable com 00X 54a, merely by remet/ingoia.

screw@ 63, .and inserting; the. clip 'lasA in theci positi'oril ofi Figs'rland" 71 to removably supportithe coifilibox? improper coin-receivingL position. AfterZ this'ilia'sf been 'don tire'qui-res only. a fewseconds2 fiori the' colleetoritoigirip the boxbehin'd the-rib-` chargedfrom the metersmechanism, including by' passent coinsf,..throughfa narrow confined pathinto' the?y coin-re'ceiving-L slot of the 1' coinv box@ regard'-J less"ik of. variations.` in? location andi a1ign'me`nt'- o= the'fnieter mechanism ja'nd coin-"box: andiprovi'd'es for.l seleotivelyllguiding. the'V coins from the coinI box'-4 into'A a collector-sr're'ceptacle 'automaticallyfon opening the coin-tbox door,.o"r removably sup``= portinga sealedeconibox for quick and easyreplac'ernent'loy.l the collector;l

In theforegoingdeseription, certain terms have been-iuse'dffor brevity; clearness and understanding; butnounnecessarylimitations*are tofbe plied therefrom beyondv the'r'equirements o'ffthe prior art; because such words are used for de? scriptive purposes VAherein and are intended to `be broadly; construed.

Moreover, the embodiments' of l the iinpr'ove'd construction' illustrated land described herein are. by' Way ofVT exampleand7 the/scope ofthe presentv invention'isi not limitedtorthefexaet detailso construction.

Having now described the'invention, the con?"` struction,..the operaitoni andfuse -of preferred feinbodime'nts.l thereof, and: the advantageous? new and iiseul-resultsiobtainedfthereby; the newfand useful constructions; and reasonable Ymechanical Y equivalents -thereoffA obvious tov those4 skilled in the"art,. are' settforth in` the appended-claims.

1'; Iniafparking meterhaving a housing-providing. an? upper' meter 'mechanism` compartment and` a: lower coin storage* compartment, a partitiony wall'fbetweenfsaid'compartments; a tapered 'chute formed in said partition-wall and adapted to guide coins'fnormally,` discharged from-'the meter mechanismfiin 'a'nar'rowvpath intovsaid coin storage com" p'artment,A an@ outerdoor' hinged' onsaid meter compartmentihavihgrlower portions'swinging'pas't thefsides of said"- chute,` theV top of said chute beingiop'en atfone'sside; and anv inner projection f mallyfidischargedfrom the 'meter mechanisminto said?. coiir storage' compartment,` an outer door li'ingedionffsa-id fnlete'r "compartment 'having lowery portions?l swinging'xpast theI sides of said' chute? the'ffupper-projecting portion of the 'chute being` open-at one7 side' and-:extending laterally'of the normal coin" dischargeipoint on themete'rfmechf anism-,wsaid:extended portion being' open at'its outer side'g. and' :s2-'roundedinner projection on said' door# for cooperating rwith said lopen outer i box in said lowerv compartment having`a receiving slot in its top wall, a partition wall between y said compartments, a tapered chute'formed in said partition wall and adapted-to' guide coinsflO normally discharged from the meter mechanism in a narrow path into said coin box receiving slot, an outer door hinged on said meter comf partment having lower portions swinging past the sides o-f said chute, the top of said chute be l5 ing open at one side; and an Vinner projection on said door yfor cooperating with the open side of lsaid chute to guide into the chute coins discharged at a point laterally of the normal discharge point in the meter mechanism. Y

4. In a parking meter having a housing providing an upper meter mechanism'compartment,

f a lower coin storage compartment, and a'coin box in said lower compartment having a receiving 'slot in its top wall, a partition wall betweensaid compartments, a tapered chute formed in said partitionwall and projecting aboveand below said-wall for -guiding coins lnormally discharged fromfthe meter mechanisminto said coin vbox receiving slot, an outer door hinged on said meter-com-Y partment having lower portions swinging past the sides of said chute, the upper-projecting portion of the chute being open at one side and extending laterally of the normal coin discharge point4 on lthe meter mechanism. said extended 35 portion being open at its outer side, and a rounded inner projection on said door for cooperating with said open outer side to guide into the chute coins discharged at a point laterally of the normal discharge point .in the meter mechanism.

5. In a parking meter having a housing forming an upper meter mechanism compartment and a lower coin storage compartment. a meter mechanism in said upper compartment havingarelatively narrow coin dischargeopening, a coin boxgg in said lower compartment having a coin-receiving opening of substantially the same dimensions as said coin discharge opening, a partition wall between said compartments having a funnelshaped chute for guiding coinsfrom said mech-:3.750 anism discharge opening to saidcoinbox, and said coin box having funnel-shaped walls for guiding coins from said partition wall opening into said coin-receivingopening. j

6. In a parking meter having a housing pro-p55 viding an upperV meter mechanism compartment,

and a lower coin storage compartment, a partition wall between said compartments, a tapered 'y chute formed in said partition wall and projecting above and below the same, said upper Vpro-.flo

jecting chute portion being located under the normal coin discharging opening of the meter mechanism and being larger than said opening,

an outer door hinged on said meter compartment having lower portions swinging past the sides oiw `Asaid chute, said upper projecting chute portion being open on one side, yan inner projection on Ythe doorfor cooperating with the openside of said chute to guide into the chute coins discharged laterally of the normal-discharge point in the meter mechanism, a box in said lower. comlO 7. In a parking meter housing forming a coin storage compartment, a mounting bolt in the bottom of said'compartment, and a door hinged on said compartment, a coin discharge chute eX- tending downwardly into the upper end of said compartment, acoin box mounted on the inner side of said door and having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end located under said chute when the compartment door is closed, said coin box having a rear doorv normally closed by a spring hinge, and a pull chain connected to said door and hooked under said mounting bolt for l opening the coin box door when the compartment door is substantially fully opened.

8. In a parking meter housing forming a coin vstorage compartment, a mounting bolt 'in the bottom of said compartment, and a door hinged on said compartment, a coin discharge chute extending downwardly into the upper end of said compartment, a coin box mounted on-the inner side of said door and having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end located under said'chute when the compartment dooriis closed, said coin box having a rear door normally closed by'a spring hinge, said coin box door having side -guide flanges and an inclined lower discharge lip, and a pull chain connected to said door and hooked under said mounting bolt for opening the coin `box vdoorV when the compartment door is substantially fully opened;

9. In a parking meter housing forming aA coin storage compartment and a door hinged onsaid compartment, a coin discharge chute extending downwardly into the upper 'end of said compartment, a coin box mounted on the inner side of said door and having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end located under said chute when the compartment door is closed, said coin box vhaving a rear door normally closed by a spring hinge, andV a pull chain connected between the coin box door and compartment housing for opening the coin box door when the compartment door vis substantially fullv opened, said coin box door having side guide anges and an inclined lower discharge lip.

10. In a parking meter housing forming a coin f storage compartment and a door hinged on said compartment, a coin discharge chute `extending downwardly into theupper end of said compartment, a coin box mounted onv the inner side of said door and having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end located under said chute when the compartment door is closed, said coin box having a rear door normally closed by a spring hinge, and a pull chain connected between the coin box door and compartment housing operable to initiateopening movement of the coin box door only when its lower edge has been moved entirely out of the compartment. j

11. In a parking meter housing having a coin storage compartment and a doorhinged on said compartment, coin guiding means at` theupper end of said compartment` a coin box mounted on the inner side of said door and having a coinreceiving slot in its upper end located .under said coin guiding means when the compartment .door is closed, said coin box having a rear door normally closed by a spring hinge, Vand a pull chain connected betweensaid Vcoin box door and compartment operable to initiate opening movement of the ,coin box door only when its lower edge has been moved entirely out of the compartment. 12. In a parking meter housing forming a coin storage compartment and a door `hinged on said compartment, a coin discharge chute extending vacvopao `-fdcwvnwardly'` into the4 uppervend of -saidscompartment -a coin Ibox mounted @on the :inner rnvsideof said-,door and having 4acoin-receivingslot inlits 'upper end `located under v-said `chute :when the '-inga-rear doornor-mally-'closed by alspringhinge, said 'coin'box door having -side guide anges and 'anlinclined lowerrdischargeIlipfand apull chain connected Vbetweenthe coinibox door and comfpartment housing -for initiating opening movefmen't ofthe "coin box `door only when its dis- ;charge lip is moved out"beyond the said com- "partment 13. In afparking vmeter having a housing'iorming a coin'storage compartment, and la housing mountingboltextending intothe bottom of Said compartment, a coin-discharge chute extending `downwardly rinto the upperportion pf said'compartment a coin boxfor fitting within said comlpartment and *having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end, anda-detachable supporting clip "'for i'itting around said mounting bolt and sup- `porting saidl coin box -with vits coin slot Vimmedi- LatelB/lbelow said discharge chute. V

A144. "In a parking meter 'havingahousing form- 2ing a coinstorage-compartment, and a Vhousing -mounting'bolt extending into ithebottom of said compartment, a coin discharge chute extending downwardly into nthe upper-portionof vsaid compartment, a c oin box for-'i;itting within said-compartment `and yhaving a coin-receiving slot in `its upper end, and a detachable supporting clip 'having a bottom flange `for -tting `behind said mounting bolt ,and a top wall Vspaced from said flange and adapted'tosupport said'coin box with '-its coin slot immediately below said discharge chute. Y Yl5. In a parking meter fhavinga housing forming an Ailipprermeter mechanism ,compartment and a ,lower coin storage compartment, Aa pair of later- =ally spaced ears on the jhousing jbetween said compartmentsr aJ meter mechanism outerjdoor and a coin compartment outer ,door hinged on said ears, vsaid doors being 'substantially vertical in closed position, and a partitionrwall secured yto `-said `ears and separating'said compartments, said 4partition wall having ja tapered chute V formed therein for guiding coins discharged Yfrom the meter mechanism `ina positive narrow pathinto discharged from'themetersmechanism into said V coimreceiving slot.

,17. In aparkingmeter.havingia-housing Yforminganuppernmeter mechanism compartment and alower. coin,storagecompartmenta pair `of later- Vally-,spaced :ears on the housing between said compartments, -la ,meter mechanism Louter door vandacoin v4compartment ,outer .door hinged on .said ears, a .coin :box `insaid .lower compartment having anarrow .top portion `fitting between said earsvand provided with..a;.coin=receiving.-slot, said doors being substantially vertical in closed posi- ,box mounted thereon.

tion, :and ea" partition :wall 4secured to f said fears f and separating saidrcompartmentasaid partition opening, andthe lower projecting 'chute lvportion l-being ltaperedinwardlyfor guiding coins intorthe coin-receiving slot :ofsaid coin box.

y'18. "Infa parking meterhaving-4 a'housingforming `:an upper meter mechanism compartment -and a lowercoin storage compartment, a rpair of laterally spacedears on 'the 'housing between said compartments, iaqmeter mechanism door 'and a coin compartment door A hinged fon said ears, -a :coin :box in said `'lower lcompartment vhaving a vnarrow Stop portion ftting between said ears and provided witha coin-receivingjslot, and a partition wall secured Itosaid ears andvseparatinggsaid lcompartments, said `partition wall yhaving a ta- .pered'chute formed therein for guiding coins discharged from the meter mechanism into said coin-receivingslot, Vand a detachable supporting clip for y'iitting'in the "bottom of said coin storage compartment and removably'supporting said coin "box withits coin-receiving-slot under said chute.

179. EIn a parking meter'havingahousing forming an upper meter mechanism compartment, a Ylower coin storage compartment, and `a'housing anchor bolt extending 4into the lbottompf `said lower `compartment, Ya pair of laterally spaced 4earson the vhousing between said compartments, vas coin box-for fitting .in said lower compartment vand having a narrow top portion Yfor iitting between said ears, said ,narrow top nportion having a 'coin-receiving;slot,l a .partition Wall secured to said ears Aand having a `chute Vformed Atherein lior guiding coinsV discharged from said meterfmechanism into said ,coin-receiving slot, and a-detachablesupporting Clip for tting `around said anchorv bolt A,and Aremovably supporting said .coin box with its coin-receiving slot.underisaid chute.

'20,11n Ra `parking meter housing having aicoin storage .compartment .and van `.outer`door hinged at `its ,upper end onthe--upper end. of `said compart- @ment a l.coin .discharge chute extendingdownwardly into .the ,upper vendbf .said-compartment, a `coin -.box .having `a coin-receiving slot in Aits ,u ppenendadetachably positioned in said Vcompart- V.ment with said .coin-,receiving slotlocated under said chute, A.and means selectively mounting 'said coin box on the innersidegofsaid door -with said coin-receiving slot located under said chute in `the .closed 4position of lthe door fand permitting openingfmovementof said outer door with the l(21. Ina parking meter housing having a coin .storage compartment and 'ancuter door -hinged at its upper-end 'on the upperend 'of' said comfpartment, acoindischarge-chute 'exten-ding down- 'wardly into` the/upper end of said compartment, Va Ycoin A"box having a coin-receiving slot Vin its i3 than the thickness of the coins passing therethrough.

22. In a parking meter housing having a coin storage compartment and an outer door hinged at its upper end on the upper end of said compartment, a coin discharge chute extending down- Wardly into the upper end of said compartment, a coin box having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end. a detachable supporting clip selectively supporting said box in said compartment with the coin-receiving slot located under said chute, and means selectively mounting said coin box on the inner side of said door with the coinreceiving slot located under said chute when the door is in closed position.

23. In a parking meter housing having a coin storage compartment and an outer door hinged at its upper end on the upper end of said compartment, a coin discharge chute extending downwardly into the upper end of said compartment, a coin box having a coin-receiving slot in its upper end, a detachable supporting clip selectively supporting said box in said compartment with the coin-receiving slot located under said chute, means selectively mounting said coin box on the inner side of said door with the coin-receiving slot located under said chute when the door is in closed position, and said coin box having a funnel-shaped opening for guiding coins from said discharge chute into the box, the bottom of said opening having a thickness slightly greater than the thickness of, the coins passing therethrough.

CHARLES A. CLOUGH. RAYMOND T. TRIER.

ROBERT D. MURPHY.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the le of this patent:

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Classifications
U.S. Classification232/16, 232/15, 232/43.2, 194/350
International ClassificationG07F9/06
Cooperative ClassificationG07F9/06
European ClassificationG07F9/06