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Meteor Despatch Co.

David Law Proudfit was the (first?) president in 1888 and the company was based in New York (Virtual American Biographies).

Martin Barri assigned a patent for improvements in pneumatic cash carriers to the Meteor Despatch Company of Portland, Maine in 1888.

• "Pneumatic tube apparatus for the safe, rapid and certain carriage of cash, papers or messages." Offices in Boston, New York and Chicago. (Advertisement of 1892).

"This is manifestly an improvement in these necessary appliances for the rapid transaction of business, and a meritorious invention. Bronze medal". (Boston Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. Exhibition, date unknown)

Lamson Takeover

In 1906 Meteor was listed as owned by Lamson but not in active business. Listing statements of the New York Stock Exchange, vol. 8, 1906, p.4. A Lamson sales document of around 1930 shows tubes labeled Meteor Despatch Co. Boston, Mass.

Meteor in UK

Meteor systems are mentioned in at least three shops in south-west England: H.T.Williams of Redruth, Cornwall, R. Grant in Torquay, Devon and the Bristol Drapery Establishment in Trowbridge, Wilts. installed by the British Cash and Parcel Conveyor Company in April 1905. In Wales, one was installed in a shop in Llanelly in 1905 and there was one offered for sale in Bridgend, Glamorgan in 1922.

I don't know if this is the same "Meteor" as the American company.