RCH Parking Goes Hi Tech in 1973

Automation arrived at the Royal Columbian Hospital in 1973 – well, to the parking lot, at least.

The May 3, 1973 edition of the Columbian used this photo by Basil King to show that the blacktopping of the enlarged parking area had just been completed. To defray the cost of the operation, automated parking ticket machines were being installed at the East Columbia St. entrance. Technician Mike Wienerroiter was putting the final touches to the ticket machines in the photo. A hospital spokesman said it would then be another week before the machines were fully operational.

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – that sign really says 25 cents!

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