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BROWNSVILLE. J.C.Penney, 1032-6 East Elizabeth. "Classed somewhere between a fixture and a convenience for both the store and customer is the new pneumatic system for making change. This new pneumatic tube system has been installed in the new Penney store... Two to four girls work in relays serving the twenty tube stations which go to all departments of the new store... Money and sales slip is placed in a cup in the tube and from the furthest point, reaches the cash desk in less than two seconds. Installed by Frank E.Ware, Texas representative of the Grover company." Brownsville Herald, 27 Apr. 1949, p.17

BROWNWOOD. J.C.Penney. Wire system. Brownwood High School Newsletter, no.5 (Summer 1998)

DALLAS. W.A.Green. Photograph in Lamson brochure shows central wrapping desk with 11 basket lines and a wire line elevator serving the counter directly below the balcony.

DALLAS. Sanger Bros. "Two years later [i.e. 1883] they installed a Lamson cash system. This was an early means of transferring cash from the sales floor to the office and then sending change back to the floor for the customers. This equipment eliminated the need for sales clerks or cash boys to constantly run back and forth between the sales floor and the office. Later this system would be replaced by canisters in vacuum tubes." Immigrant Entrepreneurship website

DE LEON. Higginbothams, Texas Street. Building was constructed in 1881 and business closed in 1999. Basket system. "It featured a modern, overhead delivery system in which all sales people sent the money via a pulley and wire basket to a single cashier at the back of the store... A clerk would place the sales ticket and money in the basket, raise it to the ceiling, then pull a rope that would send it up the inclined wire to the cashier." Abeline Reporter-News website

EDINBURG. J.C.Penney. Pneumatic tube system. (Posting to bit.listserv.words-l, 5 Sep. 1994)

FORT WORTH. Montgomery Ward, cultural district. Opened in 1928. Building is now "mixed use". Photograph of menswear floor shows pneumatic tube system. "Atomic Glee" posting to The Fedora Lounge, 19/6/06

GALVESTON. Levys. "Levy's, officially E.S.Levy & Co., will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special celebration .. at the retail store, 2227 Central Plaza, its location since 1917... Each sale made in the 1920s required some response from the office. Communication from the selling floor to the office functioned by a basket and rope system... About 1940, a system of pneumatic tubes was installed. Paperwork and money for cash and charge sales could be whooshed to the office in a container through the tube. And whooshed back.
When the pneumatic tubes were installed at Levy's, the technological advance was noticed. It was 'as big a deal as air conditioning', Levy Jr. recalled.
Eventually, the store converted to the present system of cash registers at the point of sale." Galveston Daily News, 6 Mar. 1977, p.13

HILLSBORO. "A store.. in the 1950's ... They had a basket that they hoisted up to the second floor where change was made and the purchase was wrapped for you. There was a small leather can that held your money going up and your change coming down. I am old enough to remember those pneumatic tubes but the basket system is even lower tech." Stanley L.Moore in posting to rec.arts.mystery, 2/1/06

KERRVILLE. J.C.Penneys, Water Street. "Penney's also had a cash delivery system that allowed the salespeople to send the customer's money up to a second story cashier. After receiving the payment, the cashier would send the customer's change and receipt "flying" back down the cash carrier system. It was great fun!" Joe Herring Jr's blog, 13/10/11

NACOGDOCHES. Tx. "Local hardware store here in Nacogdoches has a complete cable and basket system in storage, removed only recently (apparently mid-1970s)." Clyde Howard in posting to Dallas History Message Board, 20/4/05

starNEW BRAUNFELS. Henne Hardware, 246 W San Antonio St. "The 'money trolley' - in the old days the cash was sent by this overhead wire from the front to the back immediately. Any change would be shipped to the front." Stanford website. The photo is not very clear - it may be a basket system or non-Lamson.

PALESTINE. J.C. Penney. Cash carrier. (Posting to bit.listserv.words-l, 5 Sep. 1994)

SAN ANTONIO. Big Store. "While in San Antonio we want you to visit this Big Store... The largest and best store between the Mississippi and the Pacific Coast... Directory of the store ... Economy basement... Pneumatic tube station." San Antonio Light and Gazette, 9 Nov. 1909, p.14

SAN ANTONIO. Frost Brothers. Pneumatic tube system. (Posting to bit.listserv.words-l, 5 Sep. 1994)

SAN ANTONIO. J.C.Penney. "Penney's, and some of the other major department stores at that time, used an overhead tube for taking payments for merchandise and making change. The floor clerk made out the bill, took the money from the customer, and put them in a cone or carrier like the ones used in banks by outside tellers. Then she placed the carrier in the overhead tube, and air pressure, or something, caused it to fly across the ceiling upward through the tube to the office cashier. The cashier made change and the carrier was "shot" back via the tube to the floor clerk who completed the transaction by counting out the change to the customer and handing him his purchase. No currency was kept on the floors with the merchandise. The noisy process took extra time and prompted a certain amount of otherwise unnecessary waiting: when I was a child I found the procedure intriguing, but when I was older, I found it tiresome to wait until it came to my turn for the elevated cashier to make change. Mary E. Livingston: San Antonio in the 1920s and 1930s (Charleston SC: Arcadia, 2000) p.113.

TAYLOR. A department store. See AUSTIN - Penneys.

TEMPLE. Cheeves Bros. (dry goods store). Cash carrier. Posting to bit.listserv.words-l, 5 Sep. 1994

WACO. Coxs, Austin Street. "I seem to recall the downtown .. Cox's in Waco used the baskets and cables, while Goldstein-Miguel (slightly upscale compared to Cox's) had pneumatic tubes." Clyde Howard posting to Dallas History Message Board, 20 Apr. 2005

WACO. Goldstein-Miguel. See WACO - Coxs above.