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Kelly Cash and Package Carrier Co.

The Kelly Cash and Package Carrier Co. is listed in the Thirteenth Annual Report of the Factory Inspectors of Illinois for 1905, p. 517 at 171 E. Madison Street. It was started by Michael O'Kelly.

There is an advertisement for Kelly's carriers in the Merchants Record and Shop Window, July 1911, p. 2. The illustration on the top left shows a No. 12 system which cost $15 per line. They are claimed to be "simplest in construction, easy to operate and durable, of neat design, handsomely finished." The address given is 422 North Western Avenue, Chicago. The company is still in existence at the same address and is now Kelly Systems Inc.

In the American Artisan and Hardware Record, 17 March 1917, p. 44, Kellys submitted a query as to "who makes 2¼ inch double seam and soldered lead covering tubing bearing blue label 'L & R'?" They were evidently getting interested in pneumatic tube systems!

The photograph on the bottom left is of a car offered for sale on eBay, which looks similar to an Air-Line car.

On the right is a photograph of a Kelly cup attached to a Lamson chassis. It may be that Lamsons took over Kellys and the parts were interchangeable.