Fact Attack! The humble ATM is 45 and a bit years old!

12 July 2012

Last month saw the 45th anniversary of the introduction of the ATM, but we were so busy doing other stuff that we forgot all about it. Anyway, here’s what you need to know…

•  The ATM was invented by John Shepherd-Barron.

•  The deal for the first machine (with Barclays) was sealed over a pink gin.

•  The first machine was located in Enfield.

•  Plastic cards had not been invented, so the machine used cheques that were impregnated with carbon 14, a mildly radioactive substance.

•  Reg Varney off of On The Buses was the first person to get some money out.

reg varney cash machine

That is all.


  • Marky M.
    I seem to remember reading that PINs are only four numbers because it was that number the inventor's wife felt most confident in being able to remember. Or something like that.
  • Willywonka`s O.
    looking well dodgy geezer in that there photo...c`mon girls ...stick your cards in here...totally legit..honest...dodgy fucka
  • Pedant
    They're five digits in Italy. Maybe he had a more intelligent mistress...
  • Dick
    Reg Varney was mugged shortly after that photo was taken by two women. He should have covered the panel when entering his PIN.

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