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Published on May 15, 2008
A lamson pneumatic tube system. many people who were born around the 1960's may remember visting shops which were fitted with a 'cash carrier' used for sending customer cash payments to the cash office. The most well known system in England was the rapid wire system, where the cash carrier ran on a wire on the ceiling. Sadly when many shops became self service stores the systems were removed and scrapped. At Jacksons department store in Reading,Berkshire, which was founded in 1875 and still family owned today, customers can see one of the last cash systems still in use. Known as a pneumatic tube, the carrier is sent away within a tube to the cash office using air pressure. Here is a short film of the Lamson gravity cash desk in operation.