SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ America’s ATM Makes Public Debut at Chemical Bank New York in 1969 ‘

#AceHistory2ResearchNews – UNITED STATES (New York) – September 02 – On this day 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) makes its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, New York.

​ATMs went on to revolutionize the banking industry, eliminating the need to visit a bank to conduct basic financial transactions.

Several inventors worked on early versions of a cash-dispensing machine, but Don Wetzel, an executive at Docutel, a Dallas company that developed automated baggage-handling equipment, is generally credited as coming up with the idea for the modern ATM. Wetzel reportedly conceived of the concept while waiting on line at a bank.

The ATM that debuted in New York in 1969 was only able to give out cash, but in 1971, an ATM that could handle multiple functions, including providing customers’ account balances, was introduced.

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