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Lamson Preferred Cable system

The Charlotte News of 9 April 1914 reported that the inventor of the Preferred System, Mr George Andrews, was on a tour of inspection among the leading cities whose stores used his method. He stopped at Charlotte (North Carolina) on his way to the branch office at Atlanta.


Lamson "Preferred" Cable Cash Box (The story of a service idea, p.16). The account of the theft at Yegen Bros. refers to the "improved" cash carrier - I don't know how this relates to the "prefered"!

Vertical cash desk station with boxes arriving and departing. (Not sure whether this is "Perfection" or "Preferred".)

Automatic cashiers' desk for a cable system, similar to that available for pneumatic tube systems. Credit World, vol. 10, no. 2, 1922, p. 249

Photograph of the Abraham and Straus Department Store, Brooklyn. J. Byron New York interiors at the turn of the century. The tracks look rather intrusive but the design looks quite elegant. Above the stations the carriage passed over a ramp or else dropped down vertically to the counter. The position of the clam p on the box identified which station it belonged to.

Cable system at Disneyland Paris

Byron's photograph was the inspiration for the reconstruction at Disneyland Paris. The glass box is no doubt to keep out little fingers!

Drop station from an early Perfection system, similar to the one at Abraham and Straus. (Photograph courtesy of Gene Davidson.)


Merchants Record and Shop Window, September 1914, p. 3

Photograph of an electric motor said to have been used for a cash carrier system. The motor weighs 66 lbs. It has 4 hard rubber feet under its base: this motor was never intended to be bolted in place. It stands 10" tall, 13" long, and the base is 11" wide. (Russ Huber private collection)