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? Jersey. Duper. Cash Carrier. Josie Mason in posting to Facebook
ST HELIER, Jersey. Freddie Baker (drapers). Wire system in 1950s. Jersey Museum
ST HELIER, Jersey. Noel and Porter (drapers) 8-16 King Street (now BHS). Wire system in 1950s. Jersey Museum
ST HELIER, Jersey. George D. Laurens, 3-7 Queen Street. Wire system in 1950s. Firm closed in 1973 and site is now Monsoon. Jersey Museum
ST HELIER, Jersey. Le Riches Stores. Wire system in 1950s. Jersey Museum
ST PETER PORT, Guernsey. Le Riches Stores, 49 High Street. Four Rapid Wire propulsions shown in one photograph of the grocery department and three in another in Renault.
OPAVA. Hermann und Vogel department store. "Those cash dispensers that shot capsules along wires across the store". Heinz Vogel's Memoirs. ch.4
PRAGUE. One of the staff at Beamish Museum told me that a lot of shops in Prague had wire systems.
A Lamson pneumatic tube system was "re-discovered" in store in Central Finland by Lamsons' agent. It was installed in 1903. Lamson News
MARNE LA VALÉE. Emporium, Disneyland Paris. This is built in the style of a 19th century U.S. department store. It includes "an overhead cable-driven money exchange system that serves the cashier's office" (Disney Vacation Planner). It is not an original but a reconstruction by Walt Disney Imagineering based on a photograph in "New York interiors at the turn of the century". Some information from the "imagineer" about its history on Twitter. Excellent photographs at Focus on Magic and on Twitter
PARIS. Bon Marché (dept. store). "Unlike other stores which remodelled pre-existing buildings as they expanded, the Bon Marché was planned to function as a department store from the start... Internal communication ws handled by a system of pneumatic tubes that shunted messages from the main administrative core to the individual departments." Journal of Architectural Education vol.39, no.1, 1985, p.22
PARIS. Printemps (dept. store). "Printemps, built in the wake of the 1877 Paris Exposition, and located nearer the Opéra .. was richer in colour and materials... All the most progressive features - .. automatic cash registers, wireless telephones, pneumatic tube systems.. played an important role in creating the image. Meredith L.Clausen. Fritz Jourdain and the Samaritains: art nouveau theory and criticism. Brill Archive, 1987. p.213.
PARIS. Samaritaine (dept. store). "The new building which Jourdain built for the Samaritaine in Paris between 1905 and 1910 had .. a pneumatic tube system for messages." Geoffrey Crossick and Serge Jaumain (eds.) Cathedras of consumption: the European department store, 1850-1939. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999) p.11
BERLIN. Kaufhaus des Westens. Photograph of workers in central cash office using pneumatic tube system, 1907.
MAINZ. "Every once in a while my mother went to visit her father at his store close by the cathedral... Roaming through the store, we raced the overhead money cages which carried the customers' payments from the sales counters to a central cashier and returned with the change." Doris Drucker. Invent radium or I'll pull your hair: a memoir. Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press, 2004. p.38. (Her family emigrated from Germany to America in 1932.)
Isle of Man
DOUGLAS. Archer, Evans & Co. (drapers and silk mercers), corner of Duke Street and Victoria Street. "Our enterprising townsmen, Messrs Archer & Evans of Victoria-street, have just introduced into their establishment a novelty, in the shape of a 'cash railway' which is an apparatus cleverly designed to carry cash from one part of a building to another." Isle of Man Times, 13 Aug. 1887, p.4.
DOUGLAS. R.C.Cain (drapers), 42-46 Duke Street. "I remember best the clothing man, who was called Mr.Cain and came from a shop named R.C.Cain D.C.F.C.S... The shop was grand enough without them [the initials], festooned by wires down which cartridges full of cash whizzed along to the cashier and back to the customer." Frank Kermode. Not entitled: a memoir (London: Harper Collins, 1996), p.32
DOUGLAS. T.H.Cowin, Duke Street. "Today marks the Golden Jubilee of the opening of Mr T.H. Cowin's new premises at Duke Street, Douglas, and extending into Wellington Street. A report of the opening, which we published 50 years ago, says 'The premises have been altered so much as to be unrecognisable to those who knew it as Messrs Sherwood and Company, and it has now been transformed into one of the largest and finest-looking shops in the island... A cash railway system was installed.'" Isle of Man Times, 22 May 1959, p.3
DOUGLAS. Liptons, 31 Strand Street. "The same [wire] system was used in Lipton's grocery stores in Strand Street." Ivy Barry. Something different: prose and poetry. (Onchan: streetscene, 1993), p.22
DOUGLAS. Quiggins (building materials and ships' chandlery) , Lake Timber Yard. Wire system. Raina Chatel
PEEL. Harrison Quirk. Pneumatic tube system. Staff at Peter Luis.
indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.