June 27: The First ATM

ATMThe automated teller machine is one of those conveniences of modern life that we take for granted, and it was on this day in 1967 that an ATM was used for the first time ever.

Banks and inventors had been developing a self-serving cash machine for years. In the early 1960s, teams from Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States all individually tried to create a machine that could accept checks and cash and give customers money. In fact, according to the U. S. Patent Office, a Luther George Simjian filed a patent for a Bankmatic Automated Teller Machine, but it would be years before his invention got a proper roll-out.

However, it’s John Shepherd-Barron, a Scottish inventor with the printing firm De La Rue, who gets the credit for the first ATM in public use. The machine was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield Town in North London, United Kingdom. To attract publicity to the new service, comedian Reg Varney (seen above) was invited to be the first customer to use Barclays’ De La Rue Automatic Cash System, or DACS. Soon after other cash machine service would pop up all over the world.

Since it’s the anniversary of the ATM’s debut, let’s celebrate easy access to money with an Easy Money. It’s a smooth blended rum cocktail that uses mango sherbert to give it some thickness.

Easy Money

  • 1 ounce White Rum
  • 1/2 ounce Dark Rum
  • 1/2 ounce Coconut Rum
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons mango sherbert
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Blend all ingredients except the grenadine with crushed ice. Pour into a hurricane glass and then drizzle the grenadine on top.

Tomorrow: A legend of the American Revolution.


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