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BATH. Cater, Stoffell and Fortt, High Street. "We have briefly referred to the completion of the handsome premises in High-street which have been absolutely transformed from the 'Bath Drapery Bazar', vice The Greyhound... Provisions and drugs are, perhaps, somewhat incongruous companions, and it may be that this prompted the placing of the hansdome cash desks between these two departments. This desk will be fitted with Lamson's Store Service System, as used at No. 20, High-street." Bath Chronicle, 15 Nov. 1894, p. 5

BATH. James Colmer, Union Street. Pneumatic tube system. Cash office was situated on the top of the building inside the offices. Bath Chronicle, 18 May 2004, p.10

BATH. Evans & Owen. "It consisted of large wooden balls which one had to screw together joining the two halves, after first placing the cash and bill inside. They were then sent along tracks to the various departments from the little cash desk which one had to climb into via an iron ladder." Bath Chronicle, 18 May 2004, p.10

BATH. Shop on Milsom Street (Evans & Owen?). "I hadn't really expected to find that wonderful shop still there, near the Turkish Baths where customers handed over their money which was screwed into a wooden ball and by some magic this was sent travelling overhead, along a wire track, to some very dignified looking cashiers who sat looking down on the proceedings." Bath Chronicle, 8 May 2003, p.11

BATH. Mitchells (haberdashers), Southgate Street. "They had those little cash boxes which were screwed into units on the ceiling and then hurtled across the shop to the cashier like trolley-buses." Bath Chronicle, 11 Sep. 1998, p.27. "I recall shopping with my mother in about the mid 1920s at a shop called Mitchells.. I was fascinated by the cash system from counter to cash desk in tubing that ran overhead. As far as I remember it was called Lampson Paragon Pneumatic tube type system. Ibid., 7 May 2004, p.10

GLASTONBURY. Co-op, High Street. "The Glastonbury and Street Co-op was next. The original building was modernized just before the war. An overhead wire system conveyed the cash to the cash desk." Glastonbury Conservation Society website

ILMINSTER. Dyers, 21 Silver Street. Cash carrier. Bob Pendleton

MIDSOMER NORTON. Co-op. "When you bought anything, the assistant would put your money and the invoice in a canister, which was then attached to a wire above his head. The canister would whizz across the ceiling to the cash office. A few seconds later, it would come whizzing back with any change needed and the invoice stamped 'paid'." Woman's Weekly, 27 June 2006, p.33

TAUNTON. Brakes (dept. store). Overhead wire system in 1950s. Sheila Green

TAUNTON. Co-op. Pneumatic tube system in 1950s. Sheila Green

TAUNTON. County Stores. Wire system in 1950s. Wendy Feder

WELLINGTON. Co-op, North Street (now Belvedere Court). "[In 1928], Win Troake was in the office which was connected with each counter by an overhead cash system."
"I well remember the overhead cash system being used. The counter assistant would put your money and the amount owed in a little container, pull a wire, and it would be whisked to the office where your change would be made up and returned to the counter with your divi cheque." Wellington Weekly News, 8 June 2005, p.8

YEOVIL. Main Co-op, Middle Street. Wire system in 1950s. ?Three lines. Tony Jervis
• "Men in suits always served behind the counters, wrote out your purchases on the triple invoice pad then sending the top copy to the cashier who was housed in a cubicle the size of a telephone box with a glass window having a cut out to pass your money through (only cash in those days, credit/debit cards were unheard of and never even imagined). The invoice arrived to the cashier by whizzing in a container on a wire operated by the man at the counter which was the most thrilling part of the experience in the store for us boys." Roger Froude. Shopping trip to Yeovil in the 1950s

YEOVIL. Eli Wilson & Sons. "The second firm in Yeovil to institute the overhead cash railway system is Messrs. Eli Wilson & Sons, in whose extensive premises this up-to-date method of dealing with customers' payments is now adopted." Western Chronicle, 3 Feb. 1905