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GAINSBOROUGH. Co-op Drapery Dept., Bridge Street. Wire system into the 1950s. Chris Coleman

GAINSBOROUGH. A haberdashery/ladies' outfitters, Market Place. Pneumatic tube system. Chris Coleman

GRANTHAM. Co-op. "Cashier, female, reqd. for cash office; Dart cash carrier system in operation. Grantham Co-op Society Ltd." Grantham Journal, 18 Oct. 1957, p. 7

GRIMSBY. Chambers. "Money and receipts whizzed overhead in little gold capsules to the cashiers." Grandma Noddy's website

GRIMSBY. Co-op, Nunsthorpe. "There was the Co-op with those fabulous overhead tills.  The assistant would put your money and bill into a little cup and the wire would zoom it along to the cashier who sat in a little box like an office, she would then send your change and receipt back the same way." Nunsthorpe website
• "If you paid with money in the big Co-op, they didn't put it in a till like the other shops. The notes and coins were placed in a hand-sized metal cylinder that whizzed up a tube behind the assistant. It was then propelled along a tram wire overhead to the cash desk. Sitting behind a glass window in a tiny office upstairs I could see the cashier, who put the change and receipt in the tube and sent it back the same way. Sometimes there appeared to be several cylinders flying through the air at once." Maggie Silk. Dancing in the rain. (Kibworth Beauchamp: Matador, 2016), p. 64

LINCOLN. Bainbridges, 234-237 High Street. Wire system. Rex Broxham

LONG SUTTON. Cross Brothers (drapers), London Road. Two wire system in late 50s/early 60s. Jim Luff

LONG SUTTON. Fletchers (drapers), Market Place. Wire system in late 50s/early 60s. Jim Luff

LOUTH. Godsmarks, Fish Shambles. "I fondly remember watching my pocket money whizzing across Godsmarks 'cash railway' every week as I was buying the latest Airfix kit." Geoff Hill in posting to Francis Frith website 7/4/12

LOUTH. Topliss (silk mercer and draper), 16 Mercer Row. Cash Ball system. "This England", Spring 1975 has photographs of the top and bottom of the liftcashier and service point. Henry Topliss took over the shop in 1882. Miss Lacey ran the business until 1975 when it was taken over by Boyes and completely refurbished. Boyes stores book. The system remained in full working order until 1975. Mrs Proctor

SCUNTHORPE. Co-op, High Street. Dart Cash pneumatic tube system. In 1931 Mr Waite of Dart Cash visited and checked the time taken for a carrier to be returned to the tobacco kiosk. It was 8 seconds. Dart recommended coloured carriers to make it easier for the cash girl to distinguish them and sent a carrier guage for checking the wear on the felts. (Letter from W.A.Edwards, director of Dart Cash, 27/7/1931)

SCUNTHORPE. Co-op, Ashby High Street. "In a tiny raised office at the far end was the cashier... Like a spider's web wires ran from different points on the counter, carrying brass torpedo shaped containers on overhead runners to the cashiers office. These could be opened to take the customer's payment along with the receipt issued by the assistant who served you. With every transaction there was a receipt for the customers as well... With a sharp tug the assistant would send the 'torpedo' shooting off to be dealt with by the cashier. As a child I never could understand how it worked. These torpedos seemed to have a life of their own, shooting back and forth across the ceiling." Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, 2 May 1998, p.5

SCUNTHORPE. Kirmans (ironmongers & general store), Market Hill. Lamson pneumatic tube system in late 1940s-50s with about 12 stations. Photographs of Gillian Wilks in the cash office and exterior in Scunnyhistory website and Denise Taylor. New shop built on Chapel Street in early 1960s.

STAMFORD. Co-op. Numbers 44 and 45 High Street were purchased, rebuilt and reopened as the the drapery, tailoring and shoe department. (Later Wilco and now known as Wilkinson's.) This is particularly remembered for its 'cash railway'. the Lamson Pneumatic Tube system which conveyed the cash in metal canisters to the cashier." Stamford Living June 2016 p. 29

STAMFORD. Coop Grocery, St Paul's Street. "Thought it was the wonder of the age - utterly fascinating!" John Tyers in posting to Ancestor Gateway Forum, 14/10/09

STAMFORD. Maypole. "The fascinating payment system where the bill and cash were put into a metal cylindeer which whizzed along on an overhead wire pulley system to the main cashier's office and any change would then be returned back to the counter for the customer?" Premises are now Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Gillian Hill in posting to Ancestor Gateway Forum, 13/10/09