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Park-O-Meter Parking Meters

March 8th, 2010 · 57 Comments

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Restored Parking Meters

This is an assortment of Park-O-Meter parking meters. They were manufactured by the Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter Company. The founder of this company, Carl C. Magee, is recognized as the first person to receive a patent for a paying parking meter. His patent was issued in 1938. Magee’s invention of the parking meters was the result of a request by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to solve their downtown-parking problem. People were parking in the parking spaces for too long, including people who worked downtown that parked in the spots all day. This resulted in lost income for the local merchants. Paying for a parking spot assured that people would move once their time was expired on the meter. In addition, the meters earned significant revenue for the town of Oklahoma City.

The meters pictured here allowed 2 hours of parking for a nickel. They were manufactured in the 1950s and have been restored and painted in different colors. A great reuse of one of these meters would be as a conversation piece in a gameroom or office.

Park-O-Meter

Magee-Hale Meter

1950s POM

These items are not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Unique & Unusual

57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jim // Mar 20, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    GREAT Pictures! Think of the history – Also, I’m trying to find a manual on an old Park-O-Meter to restore to place in my office and add pic to my website. Also need its keys. These meters are very cool. (do one green thing today!)

  • 2 vintagevending // Mar 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Jim,

    Try this page: http://www.ionet.net/~luttrell/tips.html#locks
    It has some information that may be able to help you.

  • 3 kelly // Mar 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I have a park- o- meter made by magee-hale it runs on pennie’s and nickle’s states patent’s pending , manufactured by – macnick co, tulsa.ok, it has a parking time of 1hr. Works great and to the best of my knowledge original paint (brownish/copper/type color). It only has 1 coin slot and is ser #657. Can you tell me anything about this meter

  • 4 Bruce H // May 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Kelly…. I just picked up a couple like you describe. Someone made these into a lamp. When I plug them in, there are a bunch of tiney lights on the face plate and on the meter itself that come on. I have a key that works in both for the coin door, but do not have a key to open the ‘face’ of the meter. One meter works and the other is jammed and the top light doesn’t work either. Mine are red white and blue. Both say Automatic Park-O-Meter Pat Pending. One says “Original Carl Magee Parking Meter” on the other face plate. Where did you find the serial number on yours???

    Thanks
    Bruce

  • 5 Kim // Oct 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I have a vintage all red Coca Cola park-o-meter. Can you tell me where o find out what it is worth?

  • 6 Wayne Lease // Dec 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I am seeking repair parts for my recently purchased older meter. It is a Magee-Hale 2 hour assembly that uses pennys and nickles. It appears the timer is malfunctioning. Please advise. Thank you, Wayne D. Lease 509-493-3582

  • 7 jim // Feb 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I have a 1952 magee/hale parking meter that needs a little work to start working again.
    Do you repair parking meters.
    please reply
    thanks
    Jim
    Peabody ma.

  • 8 mark // Feb 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    where can you get replacement parts for a
    magee-hale parking meter

  • 9 Carl // Feb 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Do you know what size clock key is used to wind the clock mechanism of the Park O Meter..

    Thanks
    Carl
    Churchville NY

  • 10 Mark // Mar 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    A tiny spring on the upper “expired” shaft seems to have slipped off it’s stops and I can’t tell where to re hook. The patent page on the internet is the wrong model. Would someone take a picture of the top from the clock side of their meter & email it to me so I can try to see where this spring fit?

  • 11 Carl // Apr 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I found the correct winding Key for my Park O Meter. The winding shaft is approx 4.9 mm
    square so you need a 5.0 mm key.

    Clock key sizes are confusing with US sizes and Euro sizes.
    US size 5.0mm is size 13
    Euro size 5.0 mm is size 11
    be careful to order the correct one

    carl
    churchville, NY USA

  • 12 Santa54 // May 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Nice pictures. I don’t do e-bay….does anyone have a source for the Park-O-Meter bezels that fit the post at the ground? They were die-cast with raised letters that say Park-O-Meter. I have a couple of them but they are broken beyond repair. Also looking for a service manual for the 2 hour Magee-Hale penny/nickel meter. Thanks

  • 13 Dale Nicholson // Aug 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I have a Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter. The only number I can find on it is A-29. Where I find keys for it?

  • 14 Tim Dearth // Sep 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Where can I find parts for my Park-O Meter? It has a 60-min. limit using nickles and pennys. I also need the key for the lock on top that opens the unit. Thanks.

  • 15 Bruce Kayser // Sep 28, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Do you do repairs on park o meters?
    I have a complete unit that takes nickles, dimes and quarters with both keys that needs service.
    Thank you.

  • 16 Dixie Bonnet // Sep 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I need key to open face and install new face in magee.hale parking meter. need key to open money box, I have three of the meters. will one key open all the meters or do i need key for each meter. i have two new parts for the inside of the face. please reply.
    thank you. would like a phone number is possible to speak with you.

  • 17 frank hoffmna // Oct 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    do you repair magee-hale parking meters? the coin insert seems jammed. it’s in frontl of a private residence. appreciaate any help.

  • 18 Pam // Oct 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Hi, Just purchased the parking meter that is 2 hours and takes penny nickle and dime but unfortunately it doesn’t have any keys. Was wondering if you have any keys for it. Thanks Pam

  • 19 vintagevending // Oct 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Frank, we are not in the restoration business any longer and don’t do repairs. Maybe someone out there can help you and send contact info? Fellow blog readers?

  • 20 Maryanna // Nov 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I have a dozen vintage park-o-meters that I would like to sell.
    If you are interested, please email me and let me know.
    leapcassie@yahoo.com

  • 21 Ryno // Dec 8, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I have a 1950’s Park O Meter and am in need of all three keys and an original base.If anyone can help please message me. Thanks
    ryno_corson@yahoo.com

  • 22 Robert Beyerlein // Dec 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I have a Duncan Model 50 parking Meter that need some help. I removed a bent Quarter and put it back together but must have done something wrong. Can you help or tell me who can? Thank you.

  • 23 Sam // Dec 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hey all!
    I have a 1940s ish Duncan Miller meter that takes nickles and pennies in the same slot…. I was wondering if people had any advice on the following. It is caked with dust from sitting in the basement of an old police building for years. There is also some paint overspray on it.

    1) I want to paint it and give it the original hammered finish green paint…. does anyone know where to have this done? or where i can get some to do it myself?

    2) How can i clean the dust/over-spray off from the clear acrylic face without scratching it all to heck?

    Cheers,
    Sam

  • 24 Bill Wyrick // Jan 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, I got a parking meter today but I cannot find any pictures of it. It is a Duncan but it is more round in shape. The globe or glass on top looks like a bowl turned upside down with a metal frame around it. Any thoughts?

  • 25 Bob // Feb 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I have a Magee hale park o matic meter #A-1260 and would like to get both meter door and coin box door keys. Can you help? Number on top lock is pom. Bottom number on lock is ex187. Thanks Bob

  • 26 ben // Feb 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

    magee-hale parking meter for sale vintage

  • 27 Bobbie // Feb 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Aloha, I’m restoring 2 each Magee Hale Park O Meters, 10 Hour and a 2 Hour. Looking for Service Manual to buy. Thank you for your help

  • 28 Ron // Mar 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Love the parking meters at this site.

  • 29 JR RODRIGUEZ // Apr 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    HELLO,, I JUST CAME ACROSS A USED
    PARK-O- METER AUTOMATIC ONLY TAKES
    “” PENNIES “” TOTAL TIME IS 36 MINUTES

    ONE PENNY ALLOWS ONLY 12 MINUTES
    PARKING I HAVE NO KEYS

    WHAT IS THIS THING WORTH????
    SERIAL NUMBER ON FRONT IS ( 1011 )

    THANK-YOU

  • 30 Bob // Apr 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Hi, Anyone know if “stickers” are available for restoration of an ols parking meter? thanks, Bob

  • 31 ROB // May 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I need a wind up key for a park o meter also how do u get all the coins out of the machine 2 seem to stay in the machine thanks Rob

  • 32 larry teknus // May 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    looking for keys for a PARK-O- METER
    Any web sights please contact me. looking to open and clean up inside . thanks

  • 33 larry teknus // May 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    looking for keys for a PARK-O-METER
    ANY INFO HELPFULL. Thanks

  • 34 larry teknus // May 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    still looking for keys for a park o meter
    top key and key for money lock

  • 35 beth // Jun 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I found this magee hale park o meter don’t know much looking for info. Anything would help. its made of aluminum and the nber on the face is 315 and the ppat nub is a.732 any info wiill help thanks

  • 36 Susan Boyer // Jul 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Have an old parking meter from Reading, Pa. Mother-in-law was one of the original meter maids. Looking to see how much its worth. She wanted to make a light but passed on and left it for us. Its a one hour parking meter with a key. Can you help us.

  • 37 vintagevending // Jul 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Susan,
    You can get an idea of how much these are going for by looking at online auction sites or talking to other collectors. We do not give appraisals or estimates of market values for items. Price is always a variable, depending on the timing in regard to the economy and what buyers are looking for.

  • 38 Gary Lynn // Aug 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I have a Unimatic Parking Meter with no key, either the money box or to open face. Does anyone know where I can purchase old keys, or how to open this up to replace?

    Thanks

  • 39 LD // Sep 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Bob #25
    I read your message and can help. Please reply at my e-mail and we can go from there if you are interested. My info is free. LD. ldefuria@bellsouth.net

  • 40 Dale VanSickle // Sep 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

    looking to buy keys for a park-o-meter (2625250)Both styles regular key & the round key(change pouch.)

  • 41 vintagevending // Sep 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Dale,
    There are keys available on eBay for vintage Park-o-Meter parking meters. You may also have some luck talking with other collectors.

  • 42 mark // Nov 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    do you know where i can get parts for Magee hale park o matic meter

  • 43 vintagevending // Nov 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Mark,
    You may have some luck getting parts from someone on eBay. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

  • 44 DANIEL // Nov 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Hello I have a Unimatic 4 hr. nickel parking meter 1 nickel per hr. It works and just wondering what its worth???? Thank you Daniel P.

  • 45 Deirdre // Dec 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I am looking for a parking meter key also… the Numbers I can find are EX7 on the key lock and 408 (also on the key lock). Does anyone know where I can find these? I have the winding mechanism still but have lost the key… My Dad made an old parking meter into a bank for my child about 26 years ago now… Sure would love to have a key ~ Have no idea where we’ve lost this over the years of moving!

  • 46 Dick // Jan 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Where can I find a crank to wind up the spring or mechanisim?

  • 47 Lloyd // Feb 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Dick – I believe someone mentioned the shaft for the winding mechanism is 4.9mm. So you would need a 5mm clock key. I also believe it’s a size 11. Search the web for clock keys… here is one place.

    http://www.timekeepersworkbench.com/popular%20keys%201/index.htm

  • 48 Dave // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Where do you get the pole and base for the old parking meters or drive-in speakers?

  • 49 vintagevending // Apr 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Dave,
    We used to make these ourselves, but we are no longer in the business of doing restorations. You may want to contact a metal shop to see if they can create one for you.

  • 50 Bob Polai // Apr 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I am looking for a top key and lower lock and key for a Park-o-meter. Can you help me out? I live in Canada, postal code n0b 1e0.

  • 51 gram // Jun 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    bought a McGee Hale parking meter with key, takes pennys, nickels, and dimes for up to 60 minutes. Comes from Oklahoma City, paid $4.00 for it!

  • 52 Fred // Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Hey everybody, I am in the process of restoring my first parking meter. Can someone please tell me the exact length the pipe for the stand should be and what exactly do I use for a base?
    Thanks

  • 53 Chris // Aug 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Just purchased my first park o meter. Looking to find someone that can aid me in repairing it to original working order. Any input is appreciated.

  • 54 Doug Smyly // Feb 2, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I need a housing hinge pin for a 1950’s Magee-Hale. Are any available as spare parts? Is a drawing of this part available? It is approximately 7/32 in. dia.

  • 55 Matt hydler // Mar 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I’m redoing my first park o meter and need a top key where can I find one or is it best to just drill it out the meter takes .25 for 10 hours of parking
    And any help will work

  • 56 Don // Mar 25, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I’m new to restoring parking meters. I have a 1950s POM meter and I found out that if you cut the end off of an old craftmans flat head screw driver it will wind the meter also looking for the timer for this meter mine is to rusted thanks

  • 57 Roger Wolf // Apr 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I have the service key for the Park-O-Meter…. I don’t have a lot of POM parts, but I have lots and lots of parts for the Duncan Meters. I also have a lot of parts for Drive-In Movie Speakers! enterprisingwolf@gmail.com

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