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PhotosCudahy. Dretzkas's department store
APPLETON. Geenens (dry goods). "A new cable cash system is being installed to give service." Appleton Post Crescent, 17 June 1927, p.1
CENTRALIA. Johnson, Hill & Co. "The celebrated Barr Cash Carrier, which has been in satisfactory use at Johnson, Hill & Co.'s former store during the past two years, has also been put into their new store. The new machine has six carriers - one from each counter and all leading to the cashier's desk in the rear of the center of the building." Centralia Enterprise and Tribune, 14 Nov. 1891, p.11
CUDAHY. Dretzka (dept. store), 4746 S. Packard Avenue. Cable system - in place but not operational. Photographs.
DELAVAN. Bradleys (dept. store). "A small old-fashioned hometown department store... The store first used a pulley cashier system. The office was on a balcony between the first and second floors." Gazette Extra (Janesville), 23/9/02
EAU CLAIRE. Farmer Store. "The popular department store at that time [1940s] was The Farmer Store, which had the old pneumatic tube system that took your money from one floor to the other." Downtown Eau Clare business retention and recruitment
EVANSVILLE. Grange Store, 19 West Main Street. "The balcony held the millinery, coat and suit departments as well as the office. An overhead cash carrier system was installed between the main floor and the bookkeeping office. Many a child and probably some adults stood watching in wonder as the tubes carrying money and sales slips traveled along the overhead cables." Evansville History website
FALL CREEK. Mercantile. Pneumatic tube system. "Grannie Annie" posting to Homespun-L, 18 Jan. 02
FOND DU LAC. Ediths, 9 South Main Street. Pneumatic tube system still there in 2004. M.Bennett
FOND DU LAC. Fitzsimmons & Sons (shoe store). "Extensive improvements are about to be made at the M. Fitzsmmons & Sons shoe store... The plan is to extend the store west to include the room now occupied as a barber shop, making the total length of the store 105 feet... The entire first floor is to be used by M. Fitzsimmons & Sons as their retail sales parlors. The cashier’s desk and wrapping desk will be located upon an elevated platform in the rear of the store. A cash carrier system will also be installed." Shoe retailer and Boots and Shoes Weekly, 1905, vol. 53, p.75. (It sounds as though this may have been a parcel carrier too.)
GREEN BAY. Cohens, corner of Jefferson and Main Streets. "Pneumatic tubes that whisked the sales slip and customer's money up to the balcony in the back." Green Bay Press-Gazette, 11 Apr. 2004
JANESVILLE. Chicago Store. See JANESVILLE: F.S.Winslow below.
JANESVILLE. T.L.Kelly & Co. "The elevated cash railway in full and active operation. No more noise and confusion of cash boys. Order and system prevailing in every department. Goods delivered to purchasers in about half the time required by the old system." Janesville Daily Gazette, 2 Nov. 1882, p.2
JANESVILLE. New York Store. See JANESVILLE: F.S.Winslow below.
JANESVILLE. F.S.Winslow. "When the cash railway is put up and the trio [?] of electric lights shine out from the front and interior of his store, F.S.Winslow will have a place that is very well arranged for doing a large business." Janesville Daily Gazette, 14 Oct. 1886, p.4
MADISON. Baron Bros (dept. store) "We have
used the Baldwin Flyer for the past ten years or better and are very much satisfied
with the service it has given us." Testimonial in Baldwin advertisement,
MILWAUKEE. Milway, 3801 Juneau Ave . "Catalogue outlet store with guide wires overhead whizzing (cash?) containers of something to someone else in the store." Retro Milwaukee website
MILWAUKEE. Gimbels, Mayfair. Opened 1958. "Pneumatic tubes were used to make change for the cash registers." Paul H. Geenen. Schuster's & Gimbels: Milwaukee's beloved department stores. (Charleston SC: History Press, 2012) p. 67
MILWAUKEE. James Morgan, Third Street and Grand Avenue. "The furnishing of the store was completed when the Lamson cable cash system was put in. It is operated by steam and is probably the most complete of any now in use. Mr. Morgan stated .. that his firm was undoubtedly the first in the state to use it. In its operation miniature cars carry the change upon a runway of wire cables." Milwaukee Journal, 10 Apr. 1893, p.2
MILWAUKEE. J.C.Penney. "At 6 tonight.. the Downtown J.C.Penney store permanently closes its doors... There were no cash registers at its counters until it was remodelled in 1961. Instead, clerks wrote out sales slips for every purchase and sent them, by pneumatic tube, to a central cashier in the basement who made change." Milwaukee Journal, 30 Dec. 1983, p.5
MILWAUKEE. Rich & Silber. "Among the heaviest users [of Lamson carriers]." Lowell Courier, ? Oct 1883
MILWAUKEE. Schusters, ?Mitchell Street. Pneumatic tube system in 1930s. Don's Depot website
SHAWANO. Upham & Russell, Main and Green Bay Streets. " In the center of the picture is shown the Cashier's stand, the hub of the cash-carrying system, giving instant service to all parts of the store ... One of the largest and best stocked hardware stores in Northern Wisconsin." Wisconsin Genealogy website
STEVENS POINT. I.Brills. "I.Brill's Son have put in a new cash railway kown as the Detroit rapid service system. The cash is placed in a round ball which is shot off to the cashier's desk, receiving its momentum from a rubber spring. The carrier travels on a wire and makes the entire distance of the store and back in a few seconds." Stevens Point Gazette 24 Dec. 1887, p.5
STEVENS POINT. M.Cliffords. See STEVENS POINT. Brills above
WATERTOWN. Fischers, 106 West Main Street. "1952 Fischers Complete Remodeling program... A new overhead wire cash system has been installed and will eventually be changed to a pneumatic tube system for greater speed and convenience." Watertown Historical Society website
WATERTOWN. Schempf Bros, 209-213 E. Main. The leading department store in the city from the late 1840s to closing in 1936. "Schempf Bros. Company are installing a new electric cable cash system in their department store. The system is automatic and continuous and a new departure in this section of the state." Watertown Republcan, 11 May 1904, p. 5
WAUKESHA. J.C.Penney (dept. store). "Pneumatic tube system speeds Penney service. More than 5,000 feet of tubing links the J.C.Penney department store together. It is the recently installed pneumatic tube cash system.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS. Johnson-Hill (food store). "A Lamson pneumatic tube carrier system, with 24 separate cash and sales slip tubes reaching all departments of the store." Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 11 Dec. 1941, p.7
indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.