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October 17, 2023

Notificator, the Public Robot Messenger Board From the 1930s

To aid persons who wish to make or cancel appointments or inform friends of their whereabouts, a robot message carrier has been introduced in London, England in 1935. Known as the “notificator,” the new machine was installed in streets, stores, railroad stations or other public places where individuals could leave messages for friends.

For a small sum Londoners may leave messages for friends in public places. When written on “notificator,” message moves up behind window, remaining in view for two hours.

The user walks up on a small platform in front of the machine, writes a brief message on a continuous strip of paper and drops a coin in the slot. The inscription moves up behind a glass panel where it remains in public view for at least two hours so that the person for whom it is intended may have sufficient time to observe the note at the appointed place. The machine is similar in appearance to a candy-vending device.


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