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AMERSHAM. J. and V. Moon, Oakfield Corner. "The modern cash tube system has been installed, thus ensuring that customers will have their change without waiting more than a moment." Buckinghamshire Examiner, 8 Oct. 1937, p. 8

AYLESBURY. Longley and Sons (drapers), Market Square. "Messrs. Longley and Sons .. have introduced into their establishment what is described as 'The cash railway'... A miniature set of overhead lines, running the full length of the counters, conveys the money with cash tickets .. and returns the change in the ball... THe contrivance .. is a novelty in Aylesbury." Bucks Herald, 4 Jun. 1892, p. 5

AYLESBURY. Narbeths. Joan Mary Peters Tarrant on Facebook

BLETCHLEY. Co-op. "The culmination of the Bletchley and District Co-operative Society's jubilee celebrations was reached on Saturday, when the new premises were opened in Bletchley Road... A new system of heating .. has been installed, together with a pneumatic cash carrier system." Bucks Herald, 25 Jan. 1935, p.5
• "On purchasing an item, trhe assistant would write your member's number on a check and with the cash it would be placed in a metal tube which travelled along a series of pipes to a secret place, the cash office. To me, it seemed quite magical, for a few minutes later, the tube would whizz back to the assistant with the correct change." Bletchley Community Heritage Initiative website

CHESHAM. Chesham & Wycombe Co-operative Society, High Street "I seem to remember that the Co-op had those overhead wires that carried little brass-bound, turned wooden containers full of customers’ payments or returned change.   Operated by a handle pulled down by the sales assistant, it sent the container whizzing across the ceiling to the cashier.   A technically enchanting and overtly benign system that was unlikely to alarm horses or terrify small children – unlike the dreaded Lamsen tube in Tree’s emporium!" Bill Howard on Chesham Museum website
• The whole of the electrical installation for the new premises has been carried out by D.L. Chittenden... [including] wiring to push button control points to cash tubes." Buckinghamshire Examiner, 15 Mar. 1935, p. 5. (Seems to contradict the above.)

CHESHAM. Trees, Station Road. "Tree’s was equipped with one of those vacuum-pressure Lamsen [sic] tubes into which a sort of ‘mini-torpedo’ containing the customer’s money payment was put, along with the invoice, to be whisked away into the bowels of the establishment for processing.   Shortly afterwards, heralded by a terrifying whooshing, the returning container would crash back into the counter terminal with a mighty bang and jangling of small change.   It used to terrify me but I had to remain glued to my chair as instructed until my mother returned.   In the meantime, each satisfied customer precipitated this terrifying activity with its inevitable, accompanying personal nightmare.  I don’t think I have ever really got over it, as even now the sound of a roaring Lamsen tube, much like the sound of an air-raid siren, still makes my hair stand on end!" Bill Howard on Chesham Museum website

HIGH WYCOMBE. Chesham and Wycombe Co-operative Society, High Stret. "The growth of trade in the Society's allied departments at High Wycombe since they rebuilt the premises in Paul's Row in April, 1926, has necessitated extending the local branch... It is fitted with the grip [sic] cash carrier system and a central cash desk." Buckinghamshire Examiner, 2 Aug. 1929, p. 4
• "The automatic cash service [is] by the Dart Cash Company." Ibid., 1 Jul. 1938, p. 10

HIGH WYCOMBE. Murrays, White Hart Street. Pneumatic tube system. Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page

SLOUGH. Draper's shop opposite Crown Hotel. Wire system in early 1960s. Hazel Austin in posting to Royal Windsor Forum, 18/6/10

SLOUGH. Suters, High Street . Pneumatic tube system. Photograph of cash office on Philip Suter website. Apparently they used white carriers for cash sales, red for account payments and green for the use of buyers.
Suters also had a store at Uxbridge, Middlesex.