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ABERDEEN. Kaufman Bros. "The equipment includes an up-to-date trolley cash and wrapping system." Aberdeen Herald, 9 Dec. 1905, p. 7

ABERDEEN. Geo. J. Wolffs. "Now the merry rattle of the Lamson cash system has resumed operations. Now there will be no delay." Aberdeen Herald, 1 Sep. 1910, p. 2

COLVILLE. Barmans. "The Barmans, Inc., are increasing their cash carrier system to nearly double its present capacity. They are also installing in the grocery department a vacuum tube system which is said to render the fastest service known in cash carrying." Colville Examiner, 27 Aug. 1910, p. 5

DEER PARK. Olsen. "In 1908 Louis Olsen soon built the hotel building. He occupied the lower floor where his mercantile store employed 8 people. Even though the store had no electric lights the store had a cash carrier to t

LEAVENWORTH. Leavenworth Mercantile Co. "Leavenworth Mercantile Co. installs cash carrier system. Manager Sampson called our attention .. to the new Lamson Cash carrier system which his company had installed this week. It is the last thing in cash carriers... It is the first of the kind to be installed in Leavenworth." Leavenworth Echo, 9 Aug. 1912, p.1

MOUNT VERNON. Sears. "I remember those types of tubes in the old Sears store in Mount Vernon, Washington." Sharon Franzen in posting to Historic Photographs on Facebook

OLYMPIA. George Mottmann, corner of Main and Fourth Streets. Mottman became the owner in 1896 and expanded the building in 1911. It remained open until 1967. "The store was equipped with wire baskets on a wire and pully system which traveled overhead carrying money and receipts between the sales tables and the cashier's desk on the mezzanine... Several generations of Olympia children craned their necks at Mottman's to view with delight the airy flight of the baskets, secretly hoping there would be a collision as the complex tramlines converged on the cashier's booth, which was was always tastefully decorated with a spreadeagled suit of old-fashioned long john underwear." website

PASCO. General Mercantile Store. "The finest and largest store in the Tri-City region... There was a small balcony constructed high in the rear corner of the store. This supported .. the bookkeeper and cashier's desk, chair and a table from which wires ran to every counter of the store. On these wires hung a small trolley bearing a leather coin container. The clerk at the counter would place the sales slip and payment in the leather container. Then by means of a rubber slingshot, he would shoot the container over the wire to the cahier on the balcony who would make the change, place it in the container that would roll by gravity back over the wire to the sales counter." Tri-City Herald, 8 Jan 1961, p.22

starROSLYN. North West Improvement Company (a subsidiary of Northern Pacific Railway). "The N.W.I.Co. store housed several departments from furniture and appliances to clothing, toys and groceries, supplying nearly every commodity a Roslyn citizen could desire. The store used a state-of-the art cash railway system developed in the late 1880s and sold by the Lamson Cash Carrier Company. The detachable wooden cup was propelled by a cable and pulley system that allowed clerks to send cash and receipts from one location in the store to an accountant in a central location."   Now in Roslyn Museum, 203 W. Pennsylvania Ave. Photographs of original location and in museum at Roslyn Museum website. Appears to be Rapid Wire in original and Air-Line system in museum.

SEATTLE. Bon Marché, Second and Pike. Basket system. Photographs from Sophie Frye Bass Library on Poised Pen Press website.

SEATTLE. Rialto, Second Street/Madison Street. "Lamson's electric cable cash carriers, with over sixty stations, will soon be in operation." Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4 Mar. 1894, p. 10
"Every one of the numerous departments will be connected with a hanging office located on the main, or Second street, floor by a Lamson electric cable cash carrier, where nearly a dozen girls will be kept busy pulling in carriers, making change and sending them back to every one of the four floors." Ibid., 6 Mar. 1894, p. 5

SEATTLE. Rhodes Bros., 1325 Second Avenue. "10c store opens tomorrow... We have also put in a new cash carrier system." Seattle Star, 5 Jun. 1903, p.5

SEATTLE. Seattle Hardware Co. Lamson pneumatic tube system. Lamson brochure, 1952

SEDRO-WOOLLEY. J.C.Penney's, Metcalf Street. Pneumatic tube system. Opened in 1915 and closed in 1983. Building is now Bus Jungquist Furniture. Skagit River Journal website

SPOKANE. Pennys. J.C. Penney & Co., Inc., have completed remodeling an attractive four-storey addition to their main Spokane store at W 802 Riverside... A new system of pneumatic tube cash carriers will speed up service throughout the store. Spokane Daily Chronicle, 14 Nov. 1935, p.39

TACOMA. Rhodes Bros., Broadway/11th Street. "Rhodes Brothers of Tacoma offers for sale .. the entire Lamson cash carrier equipment formerly used on their first two floors. This equipment comprises track stations, carriers and cable, all in first-class condition." Capital Journal (Salem), 1 Apr. 1922, p. 7

WALLA WALLA. Skiles Drygoods Company, Second Street. "For the accommodation of its increasing trade the company has just installed Lamson's Air Line Cash Basket system." Evening Statesman (Walla Walla), 24 Aug. 1906, p. 5

WENATCHEE. Millers (dept. store) 30-34 Wenatchee Ave. "For sale. Lamson cash carrier system. Cord cable type, fully equipped and at present running 8 stations. Includes one-horse power Watson induction motor. Priced for quick disposal at $495 complete." Spokesman Review, 31 Aug. 1944, p.18

YAKIMA. Bon Marche, Yakima Avenue. "The 'Bon Marche', on Yakima Avenue, opened last week... Fifteen polite, acommodating clerks vie with each other in their attentions to customers, and the up-to-date 'Flyer' cash railway system facilitates business for those who are in a hurry." Yakima Herald, 6 Sep. 1905

YAKIMA. Cahalan (dry goods and ladies furnishings). "Cahalan's removal sale is the first step toward establishing one of the most up-to-date dry goods stores in the west in this city... One of the latest air line cash carrier systems will be installed." Yakima Herald, 21 Nov. 1906