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The Famous, Cheltenham

"The Famous" shop at 208 High Street, Cheltenham still has an operational Lamson pneumatic tube system with eight stations - five on the ground floor and three on the first floor. There used to be one also on the second floor but that was taken out. The terminals date from the late 1970s or early 1980s. The cashdesk has been moved from its original location and is now somewhat "Heath Robinson". The system is still serviced annually by Quirepace (formerly DD Lamson). Mr Cole outlined the advantages of keeping the system as (a) security of cash, (b) saving the space needed for cash registers, (c) the cost of registers, and (d) accuracy.

In the 1920s there was a Lamson Rapid Wire system (see photo below) and the tube system replaced it in the 1930s.

Exterior of the shop.

The cash desk. Incoming carriers are received into the wooden trough on the right and returned through one of the eight inlets on the desk.


The blower in the basement.

One of the neatly built-in Pneu Art terminals in the shoe department.

Another neatly concealed terminal, number 8, this time in the "tropical tan" finish. The pigeon holes are also built in.

Ash tray made from a carrier presented to The Famous in their Centenary Year, 1986 by DD Lamson

A photograph displayed in the shop with the earlier Rapid Wire system just visible.


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