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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
• Wire system in main shop and pneumatic tube system in gents' outfitters. Knowhere Noticeboard for Derby and Bygone Derby and Derbyshire.
• Photograph of pneumatic tube terminals in cash office, thought to be Derby Co-op. Derby Telegraph website

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. 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
• "I was called in to staff the cash desk at an out-of-town branch - grocery and butchery. In my elevated glass cubicle, I managed the overhead spring wires, which received cash from the counter and I sent back the change in the whizzing metal canisters." Membership matters: newsletter for Midlands Co-op members, Sept. 2006, p.6

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.
• "Sold almost everything except food. They had shops at intervals all the way down the High Street. An unusual feature of the company was the use of Lamson tubes to take the customers' cash from the sale point to the cashier's office." You & Yesterday website

Museums

 

starCRICH. 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

 

star indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.