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ALBION. J.C. Penney. "When customers purchased items from J. C. Penney stores with balconies—such as stores in Albion, Falls City, Fremont, Kearney, or Scottsbluff—the sales clerk would take the customer’s money and place it with a bill of sale, inside a closed container attached to a cable line. The container would then be cabled up to the balcony overlooking the sales floor, where another associate would retrieve the cash before sending the container back down with a receipt and correct change." Nebraska History blog

BEATRICE. William Wiebe. "For sale at once... 8 Lamson rapid and two air line cash carrier stations... Reason for selling, have gone out of the retail dry goods business." Omaha Daily Bee, 27 Jul. 1915

FALLS CITY. J.C. Penney. See ALBION: J.C. Penney

FREMONT. J.C. Penney. See ALBION: J.C. Penney

KEARNEY. J.C. Penney. See ALBION: J.C. Penney

LINCOLN. Famous (?) "For sale - Three station air line, cash and package carrier at the Famous corner 13th and O." Nebraska State Journal, 16 Nov. 1910, p.11

LINCOLN. Herpolsheimer & Co. "Our pneumatic tube system will be in operation in a short time." Courier (Lincoln), 16 Apr. 1898, p.7

LINCOLN. Ruge and Gundells (dept. store). "She worked after school during high school as a cashier in the basement (money tubes were sent down for change, and she sent the money back to the store floor)." website

McCOOK. Brown McDonald. "We always hoped her shopping would take her to the J.C. Penney store, the Brown McDonald Store and DeGroff's Department Store... These three stores had what was called a 'Rapid Wire System' that was used in making change for a customer's purchase." Jeanne Boyle Oldweiler. The ant hill challenge: a collection of stories about growing up in southwestern Nebraska during the 1940s and 1950s. (Bloomington IN: AuthorHouse, 2008) p.106. [In the USA they were more likely to be an Air-Line system.]

McCOOK. DeGroff (dept. store). See McCOOK. Brown McDonald.

McCOOK. J.C. Penney. See McCOOK. Brown McDonald.

NORTH PLATTE. The Leader. "The cable cash carrier at The Leader was completed yesterday and placed in service." North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune, 17 Oct. 1916, p.1

OMAHA. Brandeis. "One of my earliest memories is shopping with my mother at the alrge Brandeis department store in Omaha, Nebraska, and watching that money get put in a tube and whooshed away to some place out of sight. We would wait with our cashier until the carrier reappeared with our receipt and change." Old Stuff website

OMAHA. Burgess-Nash. Pneumatic tube system with charge authorisers' station. Lamson advertisement in Credit World, vol. 10, no.7, 1922, p.2 with photograph.

OMAHA. Eiseman, Rodda & Co. "The dry goods house of Eiseman, Rodda & Co., will be greatly improved as soon as the summer dull season comes on... Yesterday [they] were contracting for Lamson's cash railway." Omaha Daily Bee, 3 Jul. 1885, p.6

SCOTTSBLUFF. J.C. Penney. See ALBION: J.C. Penney

WEEPING WATER. Eugene L. Reed's, corner of I and Randolph Streets. "Mr Reed was the first merchant in Weeping Water to have a cash carrier placed in his store, and which for some time was regarded with a great deal of curiosity, being quite an innovation upon the old system." Building was erected in 1868. Portrait and biographical album of Otoe and Cass Counties, Nebraska (Chicago: Chapman Bros, 1889) p.910

YORK. Brown McDonald (dept. store). "Where the York State Bank is now, used to be the Brown McDonald Department store. They had .. pneumatic tubes to put customers money in, then it would 'whiz' to the office, and the office would send the change back to the clerk." (Floridagal posting to York News forum, 8/2/05)