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UPC Bar Codes and the Bicentennial. Reasons To Celebrate.
UPC Bar Codes and the Bicentennial. Reasons To Celebrate.

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 1970s (Basic Editing III)
Collection: patterns
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: An antique store
Date: Feb 20, 2005
Aperture: 18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4 sec
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2005

Found these beer cans in an antique store in Pennsylvania. Schmidt's Beer no longer exists. I thought it was interesting that there were 2 references to the 70's here and the cans were colorful so I bought them for $10.00
On June 26, 1974 at 8:01 am, at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit was run through a hand-made laser scanner made by NCR Corp. (then called National Cash Register Co). The register rang up this sale - 67 cents (according to wrigley.com see '1974') - marking the first time in history that a UPC was used at checkout. With that, a new, computerized era in supermarket shopping began. Since that first pack of gum, (which just happened to be the first item shopper Clyde Dawson lifted from the cart at Marsh's Supermarket that day), the black and white UPC bar codes we see in use everywhere today have helped speed checkout and track the sales of billions of items at retail establishments everywhere. Also in 1974, National Cash Register Co changed its name to NCR. The 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum remains in the collection of the Smithsonian, not far from Alexander Bell's contribution, the telephone.
Oh yes, by the way, I rarely drink!

Place: 86 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.1127
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.0543
Avg (non-participants): 5.1331
Views since voting: 1249
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 355
Comments: 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2005 09:04:20 PM
I would like this better with more light on the highlights. I like the cropping though!
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03/01/2005 05:19:36 AM
Well composed picture!
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02/26/2005 10:48:56 AM
I wondered why so many of us forgot America's Biggie - the 200th. This is both creative and fun! It also shows that the drug of choice for millions wasn't always Marijuana.
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02/25/2005 11:31:30 PM
When I first saw your picture I was scratching my head, \"what does this have to do with the 70's\". I'm through my first round of voting and now I can go back and bump up and down and really take that second look at pictures. I looked up on the INTERNET an see that The National Association of Food Chains then had to set about finding a viable standard code that could be utilized by the whole industry. A number of proposals were put forward and on the 3 rd April 1973 it was decided that the UPC symbol, proposed by the people at IBM and to be known as a 'barcode', would become the standard defining symbol of the industry. So Now I see the link between you picture and the 70's. I knew that barcodes had been out since the 30's. Ok I guess it helps to lookup thing when you don't see the connection. I did not want to give your picture a low score because I did not see the connection because you have a good crisp, well focused and nice white balanced picture. Now that I see the connection, bump up 3 points.
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02/24/2005 02:20:18 PM
Nice lighting
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02/24/2005 03:50:32 AM
You still sober after this lot? I like the pattern arrangement in this shot.
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02/23/2005 11:24:04 PM
great composition 10
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02/23/2005 03:31:36 PM
That looks like a party to me! Toss me one????
The only thing is, it has no connection to me! At least for my country's history.
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02/23/2005 01:24:27 PM
Picture seems a little flat. Needs more lighting.
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