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CANNOCK. Beasleys (grocery and provisions). "As children we were fascinated by the overhead cash system where the takings and change were taken via a container running along cables." (1950s) Francis Frith website

GORNAL. Co-op. Wire system. Posting to demon.local 10 July 1998

KINGSWINFORD. "One [Lamson system] apparently survived in Kingswinford until 2002, though we don't know if it was still in working order." Dudley Mall website

LICHFIELD. Jones & Co. (furnishers, ironmongers and hardware merchants), Talbot House. "From the counter to the ofice the Lamson cash railway is fixed." Lichfield Mercury, 24 Nov. 1905, p.5

NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME. H. and H.W.Watson, 32 Ironmarket. "Under instructions from Messrs. H. and H.W. Watson, Ltd... 32, The Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Very important sale of .. costly shop fittings... Dart Cash-carrier system." Manchester Guardian, 8 July 1950, p.10

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Co-op. Wire system in 1954. "Very time consuming too, what with having to deal with customers' ration books and Co-op dividend at the same time." David Brayner in posting to Whirligig message board, 20/11/04
• The Co-op Emporium in Liverpool Road, was built in Stoke's heyday in the 1920s where money somehow disappeared into the ether on a wire called a 'Dart Cash Carrier'. This is Staffordshire website
• "To the side of Ridgeway's, was the Co-op emporium. I was always ready to go on an errand to the Co-op as I was intrigued with the system they had for sending money to the cashier. It consisted of overhead wires going from each department, to the central point where the cashiers office was located. Attached to these wires was a small container into which the assistant would put the customers money and bill, attach it to the wire, pull a small handle located alongside the container and the would send it shooting across the shop above the heads of the customers. Once the cashier had dealt with the transaction, the process was repeated in reverse, complete with customers bill and change." Memories of Stoke-on-Trent

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Bratt & Dyke, Hanley. "The Hanley department store seen, 'Bratt & Dyke' was also a source of fascination as a child, having a large network of vacuum tubes which whisked away your money to a cash office." Photo of store on Flikr.

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Chawners (outfitters), Hanley. "Incidentally, the last shop I remember with the fascinating tube set-up was Chawners Outfitters, also in Hanley. The shop enjoyed patronage from many of us then trendy teenagers in the .. 1970s. Flikr.

STOKE-ON-TRENT. James Cock, Magnet Stores , Burslem.  "James Cock had a general drapers and everyone was fascinated by the cash machines that took the money, whizzing across the shop to the cashier and back to the customer with the change." This is Staffordshire website

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Coxs, Burslem. "I loved shops like .. Cox's, a small department store which sold almost everything. They had those little cash carriers flying about on wires." The Sentinel [Stoke], 1 Jan. 2004, p.7.

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Lewis's, Hanley. "I also enjoyed going into Lewis's because they had air suction cash carriers and you could hear it rattling through a tube." (The Sentinel [Stoke], 1 Jan. 2004, p.7)

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Peacock's Bazar, corner of old market and Co-op Emporium in Liverpool Road. "Built in Stoke's heyday in the 1920s where money somehow disappeared into the ether on a wire called a 'Dart Cash Carrier'. This is Staffordshire website

STOKE-ON-TRENT. Swettenhams, Fenton. "The money was put in one of those metal capsule cash carriers that went whizzing overhead to the little office and change was returned the same way." Pat Bromley on Stoke Sentinel website

STONE. Pyatts. "Pyatt's grocers shop on the corner of High Street and Market Square had a pulley system for transferring cash from the counter to the cashier." Photograph of exterior. Staffordshire Past Track website

TAMWORTH. Tamworth Industrial Co-operative Society, Church Street. Wire system. Tamworth Past and Present website. Includes photo of exterior.

WALSALL. Yarnolds, Digbeth. Wire system. Wendy Doyle in posting to Staffordshire-L list, 1/1/03.

WEDNESBURY. Masons (grocers), junction of Upper High Street and Church Hill. "An interesting innovation in this shop was the method by which assistants used to send the money to the cashier. There was a overhead wire from the various counters to the cash office, and on this wire ran a little kind of truck with a cup suspended below it. The assistant would put your money and a bill into it and then pull a handle which was spring loaded, when released it propelled the receptacle to the cash office where they would put any change required and return it by the same method." Black Country Bugle

WILLENHALL. Harry Cooper (gents' outfitter), 5-6 Cross Street. Dart Cash wire system until 1988. Ned Williams, Shop in the Black Country Part(?) is now in Bromsgrove Museum.

WOLVERHAMPTON. Co-op, Lichfield Street. Dart pneumatic tube system in 1950s. Photo of cash desk