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Letterhead of Dart Cash Carrier Co. Ltd.

This company was established by William Alfred Edwards, a Midlands grocer, to market his simple gravity carrier patented in 1918. He introduced a number of other designs including one using a spring to propel the car, shown here. The company was based at Booth Street, Stoke-on-Trent. In 1934 he was still a director together with E.Norton and J.F.Venner. There was a Southern Representative in Peacehaven and an office at 8 D'Olier Street, Dublin. Further patents were taken out in 1935 and 1938 (with Frank Machin).

As well as pneumatic tube carriers, the firm made ventilation and cleaning systems and at the outbreak of the second World War was advertising ventilation and gas filtration systems for air raid shelters. Staffordshire Sentinel, 26 Oct. 1939, p. 3

Lamsons bought a 51% stake in the firm in 1927 and became sole owner in 1948. In 1968 Mr Ronald F. Chalklin, formerly company secretary of Metal Constructions Ltd., was appointed managing director. Birmingham Daily Post (Wolverhampton edition) 11 Sep. 1968, p. 2

In 1973 or 1974 Dart moved with Lamson Engineering to new premises in Stoke-on-Trent. The following advertisement for a manager appeared in the Guardian on 29 November 1973, p.26:
"This challenging job needs a manager... He must, as soon as possible, take responsibility for moving Lamson Engineering to a new location, assume responsibility for the total personnel function of two companies, Lamson Engineering and its subsidiary Dart Cash Carrier Company Limited, both moving to new premises in the North Staffordshire area."

Dart carriage at Bromsgrove Museum

This is a photograph of the system in Brosmgrove Museum. It came from Harry Coopers of Willenhall which closed around 1988. The propelling spring is mounted on the horizontal rod and is stretched by means of the pull-cord. The car is pulled back as well until it is released by the trigger latch.

The construction looks very crude compared with Lamsons' and Gipes' equipment.

Dart  propulsion at Bromsgrove Museum

The other propulsion at the Bromsgrove Museum display.

Dart installed many wire systems in West Midland co-op stores (see Williams)

Cash office at Lichfield Coop

This 1955 photograph of the cashier's office was taken at the Wolverhampton Cooperative Society's Lichfield Street Emporium. Ms Bowman (on the left) commented that when the men came from Stoke to repair the system it seemed like another world - Stoke was so far away!

One of the 83 counter terminals at Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative Society and one of the hose connection points of the centralised vacuum cleaning system also supplied by Dart.

Dart's factory in Stoke on Trent, 1991. Photograph courtesy of John Liffen


In 1939 the company was advertising ventilation and gas filtration for air raid shelters. Staffordshire Evening Sentinel, 26 Oct. 1939, p. 3

The Sentinel of 1 January 2004 (p.11) had an article about Jessie Shaw who "spent 44 years as a clerk with the old Dart Cash Carrier Company in Stoke."

There is a copy of an advertisement by Dart for their pneumatic despatch system on the website.