This is a Clipper Card machine c1990s from what was then the Greater Manchester Bus Service.
It is a Almex Model M, a precursor of the modern magnetic card and smart card systems, such as the London Oyster Card which allows for single journeys throughout London via bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
One main difference being that Almex Model and the Clipper Card unlike the Oyster service in London was that they weren’t digital and relied on more traditional forms of data and information collection.
More on the history to follow shortly.
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- Clipper Card – Manchester Bus Service – from 1991 (historyme.wordpress.com)