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LIRR ticket vending machines, like tickets themselves, have (Credit: LIRR)

LIRR ticket vending machines, like tickets themselves, have changed in appearance over the years. Only 19 percent of tickets are now sold by clerks in station offices.

LIRR tickets to history

Before you toss out that expired one-way ticket to Penn Station, consider this: You may be holding a little piece of history.

LIRR ticket vending machines, like tickets themselves, have
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LIRR ticket vending machines, like tickets themselves, have changed in appearance over the years. Only 19 percent of tickets are now sold by clerks in station offices.

Printed tickets, signed by an LIRR official, became
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Printed tickets, signed by an LIRR official, became commonplace for passage between such boroughs as Queens and Brooklyn.

Origins and destinations were handwritten, as on this
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Origins and destinations were handwritten, as on this 1852 pass between Brooklyn and Long Island, offered recently on eBay.

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This ticket was issued in 1872 by the
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This ticket was issued in 1872 by the South Side Rail Road, an early rival before the LIRR grew to dominate the scene.

LIRR trip passes have gone from handwritten to
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LIRR trip passes have gone from handwritten to high-tech, in a varied but fascinating commute. (Feb. 5, 2013)

In August the LIRR sold its first mobile
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In August the LIRR sold its first mobile tickets, which can be downloaded at home or to smartphones and scanned on the train. (July. 23, 2012)

The LIRR partnered with CooCoo, a Long Island
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The LIRR partnered with CooCoo, a Long Island based technology firm, to bring online tickets to LIRR passengers last summer for The Barclays PGA Tour Event at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. (July. 23, 2012)

The handheld device at left reads smartphones and
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The handheld device at left reads smartphones and serves some stations with no offices.

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At the Valley Stream station, ticket clerk Stacy
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At the Valley Stream station, ticket clerk Stacy Stark sells Rachelle Pointdujour a ride to Penn Station the old-fashioned way. (Feb. 5, 2013)

Conductor Sean Callaghan collects and punches tickets on
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Conductor Sean Callaghan collects and punches tickets on an LIRR train en route from Valley Stream to the Atlantic Terminal. (Feb. 5, 2013)

A brochure from the first generation LIRR ticket
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A brochure from the first generation LIRR ticket vending machine.

LIRR brochures introduced riders to the earliest vending
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LIRR brochures introduced riders to the earliest vending machines.

LIRR brochures introduced riders to the earliest vending
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LIRR brochures introduced riders to the earliest vending machines.

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LIRR brochures introduced riders to the earliest vending
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LIRR brochures introduced riders to the earliest vending machines.

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