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This shot of a genuine antique cash register was taken on the service counter of the famous Klondike Kate’s in Dawson City, in the Yukon in August 2008. 370 views on 5 March 2011.

The manager on duty readily agreed to let me shoot some images while we were eating there.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/45 sec, ISO 800, focal length 78mm.

Featured in MOOD AND AMBIENCE, August 2009.

Featured in NOSTALGIC ART & PHOTOGRAPHY, August 09.

Featured in OLD THINGS, August 2009.

Featured in THIS IS RELEVANT, August 2009.

Featured in OBJECT STUDIES & CONCEPTS, August 2009.

Featured by my co-host in PASSIONATE ABOUT VINTAGE, August 2009.

Featured in NUMBERS ONE TO A TRILLION, August 2009.

Featured in GOLDRUSH & GHOST TOWNS, October 2009.

Top 10, OLD THINGS Challenge – Things 50 Years Old or Older, April 2010.

Top 10, BROWN Challenge, June 2010

Featured in COLOUR ME A RAINBOW – BROWN, November 2010.

Featured in FOCUS AND LIGHTING, March 2011.


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  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 5 years ago

    Very nice shot David!!! I sure would like to know what that $5.55 bought when the amount was rang up?? A week’s groceries maybe! :)

  • Thank you very much, Ruth. I should have asked that question when I took the shot! Might have to research the answer!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 5 years ago

    Great shot, very enjoyable.

  • Thank you, Betty. The interior of the restaurant was wonderful, with lots of memorabilia. And the food was good, too!

    – David McMahon

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Oh my heavens!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! What a find, DAvid … it’s wonderful!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you, Lois. It’s not often we get a chance to train our cameras on a beautiful piece of craftsmanship like this. You’re so right.

    – David McMahon

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    great one

  • Thanks Scott, glad you liked it.

    – David McMahon

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago


  • Thanks, Lorena. It was a great day, because I had just got back from photographing the mountains of Tombstone Territorial Park in a chopper!

    – David McMahon

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntover 5 years ago

    Imagine how many lollies 5c would have bought you when this was brand new! Great shot, David.

  • Thanks, Merrilyn. I’m sure that till rang up some great purchases in its heyday! If only inanimate objects could tell their tales …..

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 5 years ago

    Excellent work David.

  • Thank you very much, Colin. Glad you like the result.

    – David McMahon

  • Heps
    Hepsover 5 years ago

  • That’s wonderful news, Taschja. A very big thank you to you and your co-hosts for the honour.

    – David McMahon

  • chung-deh tien
    chung-deh tienover 5 years ago

    I love the type used on cash register.

  • That’s one of the factors that drew me to this specific composition. Typefaces are a big part of my life, as a journalist!

    – David McMahon

  • Andrea Ida Rausch
    Andrea Ida Rauschover 5 years ago

    Oh,,,,,,in times of our childhood the grocerer around the corner used to work with such a cash register! His name was Mr. Däumlich, and when he sold Corned Beef, he could not pronounce it right ‘cause he did’nt speak English. It sounded like “Koor-net-baff”, haha I remember that well! Thanks for reminding me :-) and congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks for the great stroll down memory lane, Andrea. It’s a great privilege to know that an image I shot in a tiny Yukon town brought back wonderful memories from your childhood. It’s the chain of life, isn’t it?

    – David McMahon

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