Pay Toilet

John Nevil Maskelyne 1892

Born22 December 1839
Died18 May 1917 | Age 77

Maskelyne was an English stage magician. He invented the first modern pay toilet in the late 19th century. His door lock for London toilets required the insertion of a penny coin to operate it, hence the euphemism to "spend a penny".

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. He trained as a watchmaker but later became interested in conjuring. Maskelyne became a member of The Magic Circle and, like Harry Houdini, used his skills to dispel the notion of supernatural powers.
Maskelyne Toilet Lock
Maskelyne Toilet Lock

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The Maskelyne was the first typewriter to be manufactured in Britain. It was produced by the Maskelyne British Typewriter and Manufacturing Company Ltd of London from 1889, two years before a patent was issued.

In 1894, Maskelyne wrote the book Sharps and Flats: A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill. This book became an instant hit and to this day is considered to be a classic gambling book.
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