• Short Summary

    Story of the making of parking meters of the 1960's - great reminder of 'good old times'.

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    Kingston on Thames, London

    C/U shot of half of a head of parking meter being drilled by several drills. C/U shot of man looking at the part after the drilling, inspecting it closely.

    Various shots of different stages of process of mass-production of parking meters.

    C/U shot of woman's hand placing a red disc on wooden plate and covering it with frame. Woman rubs white paint over the frame which, after the frame is is lifted, reveals the word "EXPIRED" painted on the disc. Woman takes the disc from the plate and places it with other "EXPIRED" signs.

    Great C/U shots of different writing on parking meters (in several languages) explaining fares and penalties. Colourful shots of signs on the parking meters induce nostalgic feelings. The factory exports parking meters to several countries - explains the voiceover.

    "Basically, a parking meter is an accurate alarm clock." They are "practically burglar-proof" and "worse than one-arm-bandits and just as hungry for your cash." Shots of completing the fine machines serve to proof the statement.

    C/U shot of hand putting a coin into a mechanism - it is time to test the meter. Factory keeps a supply of the coins from fifty countries they supply with the meters, to test them. L/S of a double line of completed parking meters being tested with coins.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:21:00 / 01:04:06:00
    CP 555

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