I remember dropping my dimes in these boxes on buses and streetcars, then waiting while the driver made sure I put in the correct amount before flipping the handle to drop them down into the bottom box.
Shot in the car barn at San Jose History Park. They restore old streetcars and put them up on display. Some of them even get put back into service.
This appears to be a Johnson D Cranker Farebox. Lots of cool info about these here: