Those overhead wire thingies in old shops

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Those overhead wire thingies in old shops

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Lamson Paragon was mentioned by Malcolm in

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=42463

Their associate company , Lamson Engineering ,made those overhead wire cash cylinder conveyers which in the old fashioned Department Stores used to whizz around bewteen the sales desks and the central cashier

They subsequently graduated to pneumatic tubes

Anyone else have any fond memories?
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Of Lamson Paragon, pneumatic tubes or what? I have lots of fond memories but wouldn't necessarily want to share them here.
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I used to "volunteer" to go shopping with my grandmother to the Co-op in Arlesey in the mid-50's, just to see those in action. I was only 6 or 7, and I was so fascinated by them. I even got to send the cash carrier once, I recall.
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We had a system like that in our local mercantile that they used up to about 2003 or so. Called a cash rail system. There is a great website dedicated to them. http://www.ids.u-net.com/cash/
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I remember the smaller department stores having narrow 1 person wide escalators with wooden parts. I do remember the pneumatic tubes as well.

I also remember in the 1950's the top department stores having a Coin & Stamp department. My Dad used to insist that gold could not stay at US$ 32 forever. What an old fool, I thought :mrgreen: He browbeat me into buying a few Sovereigns and such from the profits of my paper route.

Turn out he was pretty smart after all. Still got them!

Also remember in American department stores that they had chimes that would go off every few minutes. One suspected they were staff instructions but never really knew.
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I recall one such cash system in the 1960s at Greigs Haberdashers Market St Sydney.
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Yep, I remember them but only vaguely. I seem to remember they were only in one or two of the very old shops in central Sydney.

That would have been in the late 50's or more likely the early 60's. They were soon superseded by the vacuum transfer system.
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Interesting "cash railways" site covering both wire and pneumatic in Victoria.


http://www.ids.u-net.com/cash/locations/australia-vict.htm

Definitely remember the pneumatic in Treadways, Prahran and Myers in the city.

Vaguely remember the wire, somewhere in Melbourne.
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I was facinated by them as a small child, they had the type that went along on a wire across the ceiling to the cashier and the pneumatic tubes where the contained was put in and was sucked up the tube. Do yoiu remember your Co Op number???for your divvy.
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