Troy, Ohio: First Bar Code Ever Scanned

Boop! A 67-cent pack of gum was UPC bar code-scanned in Marsh supermarket in June 1974. A framed mayoral proclamation, near the checkout, commemorates the event.

Needlers Fresh Market

Address:
982 N. Market St., Troy, OH
Directions:
Marsh supermarket. About a mile east of the river on the north side of N. Market St., at its intersection with Robin Hood Lane.
Hours:
Daily 7 am - 11 pm
Admission:
Free
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First Bar Code Ever Scanned

The Marsh store is now called Needlers Fresh Market. The plaque is just inside the inner automatic doors. The original scanned item is in the collection of the Smithsonian.

[Jeff Foushee, 01/08/2019]

Bar Code Day.

First Bar Code Ever Scanned

The UPC Bar Code plaque is still there. The store is under new ownership, so there might have been some temporary upheaval. Incidentally, the cashier who scanned the first bar code just passed away this month (September 2017).

[Kitsa, 09/30/2017]
First Barcode Ever Scanned

Plaque is currently down. Employees were stunned. Stolen?!

[Clifford, 09/24/2017]

Barcode proclamation.

Marsh Supermarket: First Barcode Ever Scanned

The first UPC (barcode) was scanned in June 1974, at a grocery store in Troy. The 67-cent pack of gum is on display at the Smithsonian, but you can still go through the checkout and buy your own souvenir pack of Juicy Fruit to take home. A framed mayoral proclamation commemorating the event is on the inside wall near the exit.

[Kitsa, 04/05/2017]

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