Classic Coin-Operated TV’s! Who Remembers These Vintage “TV’s For Travelers!” Lend Me A Quarter!

Got A Quarter? Then Settle Into Your “TV Chair!”

Sometimes I miss the “good old days”, when you could pass your “waiting” time at an airport, train or bus station by watching a coin-operated TV!

Talk about an invention “of its time!”

Most airports had a section of “TV chairs” that featured coin-operated televisions which would provide 30 minutes of local programming for 25 cents.

That’s right, imagine settling in to enjoy this!

Wow! A simpler time to be sure…but in a time before cable, video games, iPhones and iPads, this was a way to kill time when traveling!

It reminds me of an earlier era – like when I was growing up and this guy was selling clams:

Ivar Haglund made a fortune in Seattle, Washington by “owning” the clam business – and that meant doing some wacky stunts like this:

That’s right – this was real!

Click here to find out about some of his most outrageous stunts!

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12 replies

  1. when I was a kid in 1977 I used to go to jfk with my parents to see my brother arriving here by plane.
    I used to muse that tv chair to watch LOST IN SPACE. this tv chair was seen on MEN OD HONOR

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  2. Add me to the list who have never seen these.


  3. I never saw these. What a great idea and innovation at the time. Today, I would be a bigger fan of reading a book.


  4. John, we had ‘coin-operated’ televisions at home! They were so expensive to buy in the late 1950s, the retailers supplied them with a coin box that took sixpences. It was like a clock-timer, and the sixpence lasted about an hour. Someone from the shop would come around weekly, to collect the cash from the box. Before settling down to a night of TV, my parents would pump half a dozen sixpences into the box at the back, and turn the key to buy that time. We didn’t have a ‘non-pay’ TV until 1960! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I don’t believe we ever had these TV chairs here in South Africa, John. They are rather a clever idea.

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