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BRIDGEPORT. Howlands (dry goods). "Last week Kirkintilloch was honoured with a visit from Mr. Andrew M. Cooper, 'Vice-President' of the Howland Dry Goods Co... There is .. [a] pneumatic tube cash carrier, which contains nearly three miles of tubing." Kirkintilloch Herald, 3 Mar. 1909, p. 5
"In 1900.. Howland's became one of the most modern stores in the whole of New England... A pneumatic tube cash system was also installed. The new tube system became almost as big a customer drawer as were the store's daily ads in Bridgeport newspapers. Customers were fascinated by the little tubes that sailed overhead on trolley wires." Bridgeport Post, 2 Feb. 1958, p.33 (There seems to be some confusion between a pneumatic tube system and a wire system.)
• Magnetic separator in cash office. Lamson advertisement in Chain Store Age, June 1949
• "Remember when your bill and cash were sent by pneumatic tubes up to the Howlands' credit office and then your change came back in a felt tipped brass cylinder that would shoot out into a basket." East-Enders Alumni Association website

BRIDGEPORT. Radford B.Smith. "For sale... cash railway... Radford B.Smith, 232 Fairfield Ave." Bridgeport Telegram, 28 Dec. 1923

DANBURY. John M. Quim and Frank Scott dry goods store, Main Street. Wire system. Rootsweb website

HARTFORD. R. Ballerstein & Sons, 890 Main Street. "Opened to-night to the public." Cable system. Hartford Courant, 20 Mar. 1894, p.5

HARTFORD. G. Fox & Co. 406-410 Main Street. "Among the heaviest users [of Lamson carriers]." Lowell Courier, ? Oct. 1883. Photo of exterior.
• "Rail and wire systems worked best when stores had fewer floors and could locate their cashiers on a mezzanine or in a crow's nest elevated over the ground floor, as did the early G.Fox store in Hartford... When it grew to four stories, G.Fox also installed a similar [cable] system, running the cable through a center well." Jan Whitaker. Service and style: how the American department store fashioned the middle class. (St Martin's Press, 2006) p. 89
• Pneumatic system with magnetic separator. Lamson advertisement in Chain Store Age, June 1949. Also Lamson brochure, 1952
• Store burned to the ground in Jan. 1917 and new building opened in 1918. Sold to May Department Stores in 1965 and closed in 1993.

HARTFORD. Albert Steiger & Co. Pneumatic system with magnetic separator. Lamson advertisement in Chain Store Age, June 1949

NEW HAVEN. Bolton & Neely. "Frank Williams, a clerk in the book department at Bolton & Neely's, New Jersey, has been arrested for taking money belonging to the concern... Whenever the customer paid the exact change Williams put the money in his pocket instead of sending it by the cash railway to the desk." Express and Telegraph (Adelaide), 18 Jul. 1884, p. 2 [I think this may be an error for "New Haven".]

NEW HAVEN. Edward Malley & Co., Chapel Street. "William M. O'Regan, Esq. .. is visiting our city in the interest of Australian corporations... He spent some time yesterday in noting the Lamson cash carrier system in use in Malley's, and was so well pleased with it that he thinks of visiting Lowell in reference to its introduction in the colones." Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven) 3 May, 1883, p. 2
• "Among the heaviest users [of Lamson carriers]." Lowell Courier, ? Oct. 1883
• "Pneumatic tubes that ran overhead". Sir Froggie's Positive News Network and Enchanted Self website

NEW HAVEN. Shartenbergs, Chapel Street by State Street. "Pneumatic tubes that took your dollar bills or credit card, travelled overhead to a second-floor clerk, then returned with change and a receipt. Erstwhile kids will never forget that sight." Newhaven Advocate

NEW LONDON. Beckwith & Keefe, Bank Street. "Beckwith & Keefe opened their new store in Bank Street, which was handsomely furnished and equipped with Starr cash carrier system." News of New London - 22 Oct. 1889 in The Day, 22 Oct. 1914, p.6

NEW LONDON (Store not stated, but this must have been one of the earliest installations.) "A novel store cash system is in operation in New London, Conn. A local paper says: Hundreds of people visited the store to witness the automatic cash carrier in operation. This is a recent patent, and has not yet been introduced outside the New England cities. It consists of hollow spheres, pointed and locked at the equator, and provided with springs to hold the cash... These balls run on tracks having a decline of 1-16 of an inch to the foot... There are sixteen stations on the floor, and four balls to the station. The larger balls and pockets are furthest from the center." Sacramento Daily Record-Union 14 Jul. 1882, p. 3

NEWTOWN. W.B.Hall & Co. Main/Cannon Street. "Glancing up one notices the new rapid moving cable cash system lately put in by the firm, which greatly expedites the making of change." Newtown Bee, 9 Oct 1891, p. 1

NORWALK. Boston Store. "No slacking here - keep the cash carriers going at top speed." Norwalk Hour, 31 Jan. 1918, p. 3

NORWICH. Plaut-Cadden Co., 146 Main Street. "In the new Plaut-Cadden building on Main street the work has been pushed as fast as possible... The owners have just arranged to have put in the preferred cable cash carrier system by a Boston concern, and consider that when the five-story structure is completed they will have the best mercantile building in the city." Norwich Bulletin, 5 Oct. 1909, p. 7

SPRINGFIELD. Smith & Murray, Court/Main Street. "The Lambson [sic] cash carrier system has been introduced with the latest improvements, some patented within a week." The Press (Stafford Springs), 23 Oct. 1884, p. 3

STAMFORD. C.O.Miller Store, Atlantic Square. Guide to Nature, Apr. 1912 has some photographs apparently showing a cable system. "In 1916 .. a new overhead Lamson Electric cash system with drop stations was introduced." Guide to Nature, Nov. 1917 It appears in some illustrations including the china department and curtain department. In 1933 the store moved to 15 Bank Street and this had a pneumatic tube system with a central cashier's location upstairs. It closed in 1973.

WATERBURY. Miller and Peck. "Small railroad type 'box' cars which operated on tracks together with switches... The system was suspended from the ceiling. The system had two guide rails so the cars would not go off the tracks." Taken down in 1950s. R.McGarrity

WATERBURY. E.T. Turner & Co. "Another and smaller motor furnishes the power for the endless cable cash system. A trial of the improved cash system was given this morning... In exactly twenty seconds from the time the 'cash' was sent down the little messenger had returned to the starting point." Waterbury Evening Democrat, 23 Oct. 1890, p. 4

WATERBURY. Worths (dept. store). Pneumatic tube system in 1960s. "At some payment counters there were at least 4 tubes." Store closed in early 1990s. R.McGarrity