Automaton Foils Hat Rack Thieves (Oct, 1933)

Automaton Foils Hat Rack Thieves

THE thief who runs off with hats and coats on hat racks must find another place for his trade than the Anhalter station in Berlin, Germany. A burglar-proof hat rack automaton, now in service in the station, makes theft of clothing impossible. The automaton, shown in the picture below, is very much like an ordinary hat rack. The guest hangs his coat, hat or umbrella on the rack, drops a coin in the slot and his clothing is safe. He receives a key with which to unlock his clothes when he wishes to leave the station.

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  1. Stannous says: August 4, 20064:31 pm

    A lot of these mechanical wonders seem to come from Berlin in the 30s.
    You know, except for the Stormtroopers and the Krystalnacht and such it must have been an amazing place and time to live.

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