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ATTERCLIFFE. Co-op (grocery dept.) Kirkbridge Road. "I remember getting a little pink slip .. after it had been shot across the store on a pulley." Membership matters: newsletter for Midlands Co-op members, Sept. 2006, p.6
BAKEWELL. "A drapers near the Rutland Arms". Operating in 1975. This England
BOLSOVER. Co-op. "For sale - Cash Railway, in good condition... Apply Co-operative Society, Ltd., Bolsover, Chesterfield." Derbyshire Times, 8 Mar. 1905, p.2
BUXTON. Potters. "Potters the drapers has not changed much except that they no longer have those overhead wires that took the bills to the cashier." Pure Buxton website
CHESTERFIELD. Swallows. Wire system. Alan Hopkinson
CHESTERFIELD. Turners. Wire system. Alan Hopkinson
DERBY. "Butcher's or grocer's shop, away from the city centre". Wire system in 1950s. "One cable run .. exited the shop through a hole in the wall through which daylight could be seen. Presumably the cable led to the neighbouring house where the cash was handled." R.Williams
DERBY. Alexandres (gents outfitters), East Street/St Peters Street. "They had a fairly modern [pneumatic tube] system installed to take cash the short distance from the basement bespoke tailoring department to the cashier's office on the floor directly above." Lasted into 1970s. Robert Day
DERBY. Co-operative Provident Society. 127 Clarence Road. Former grocery branch, closed in 1960s. "They used a cash railway to send the money for the goods purchased to the cashier." Signs of the Past website
DERBY. Co-op, East Street/Albion Street. Pneumatic tube system in use throughout store in 1960s and early 1970s. Gone by 1980. Robert Day
DERBY, Co-op. Near corner of Princes Street and Pear Tree Street. "Once inside the Co-op, my queuing time was spent in speculation of the aluminium cups zipping to and fro on their catenaries (overhead pulleys) from counter to cashier and back again. The cups traversed upwards and through a first floor aperture to the two or three ladies employed there to take the payment, issue the change and record the 'divi', Co-op style. From my youthful height of about three feet, I could only see the head and shoulders of these ladies. But they were a jolly lot, always ready to share a joke and banter with the counter staff and customers." Derby Evening Telegraph, 26 Nov. 2002, p.26
DERBY. Co-op, Allenton. "Inside the provisions store ... what took my attention was the overhead spring-loaded cash carrying mechanism... A quick pull of a dangling handle would send the container speeding upwards along its wire, to end up into a cubicle or what could be described as a Punch and Judy show, about ten feet above ground level. In it sat a woman, solemn, rarely speking, whose eyes missed nothing on the busy shop floor below. Her task was to empty the arriving containers, check the money and sales ticket, put any change and duplicate sales ticket in the container and then, a quick jerk on her despatch handle and the container would fly back down its wire to the waiting shop assistant, to give any change and ticket to the customer. Whatever noise rose from the floor of the shop, it was always to the sibilant accompaniment of the 'whooosh-whooosh' of those tubes passing to and fro that remain." Edward Garner. The centaur from the triangle: a boyhood in Derby. (Durban: Just Done, 2009), p. 41
DERBY. Midland Drapers. Cash carrier. Saga radio website.
DERBY. Ranbys. Gipe system in 1950s. R.Williams
DERBY. Thurman and Malin. "Payment for items at Thurman and Malin, like many large stores of its era, was via a Lamson Tube system. Assistants would place the receipt and money in a brass container and this was dispatched by wires to the cashier who dealt with the transaction and returned the tube, with any change, to the counter." Derby Telegraph website, 29/12/14
DERBY. Whiteman. Had a contract with Lamson dated 1901, expiring 1906. One of the locations involved in the court case British Cash and Parcel Conveyors Ltd. v. Lamson Store Service Co. Ltd., 1908.
GLOSSOP. Glossopdale Co-op. "The Gipe system was also in use in the central stores of the Glossop Dale Co-operative Society in the 50s and 60s." A correspondent
LONG EATON. Co-op. "Footage of a cashier using an overhead cash carrier mechanism with wires." Opening Co-op Shops (1930s) in Media Archive for Central England
SWADLINCOTE. Co-op, High Street. "The money-taking system was also, to me, increible. Overhead wires ran from the counters to a small hole in the wall, behind which was the cashier's office. Attached to the wire was a ball-like container which unscrewed into two halves... The assistant placed the bill and money into the ball and screwed it up. He then pulled a piece of elastic and the ball shot through the hole in the wall." You & Yesterday website
SWADLINCOTE. Salt's. Founded 1895. Cash ball system - see Reminiscences. Replaced by pneumatic tube system.
CRICH. Tramway Museum. From Hindleys, ATHERTON. Two propulsions and right-angle bend. Includes a "curve car" - a carriage with a gap on one side for negotiating curves. "Too short to work properly. David Holt
indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.