The Tubes Went Where?

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  1. Nancy Hart

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    Remember in the big department stores, when the clerks would stuff money into a cylinder, push a button, and the thing would whiz along the ceiling in a transparent tube?

    "An extensive pneumatic tube transport system in the G. Fox & Co. department store linked sales counters with a centralized cash room. Inbound cash, checks and charges would be processed here and change and receipts would be quickly returned to customers through outbound tubes. This photograph dates to about 1920."

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    They are still around today.

    Lamson Pneumatic Tubes

     
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    Only saw the tubes in movies, fascinated me - never seen them over here :)
    Was also fascinated by the 'dumbwaiter' :p (couldn't find a picture)
    Got to use one ! you pulled on the ropes to hoist the plates of food up to your floor !
    FAB ! :cool:
     
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    Hospitals still use tubes extensively for document, pharmacy drug, and lab specimen delivery. Of course, many drive-in banks use them as well.
     
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    We may be actually improving on this same technology, and it will be used to transport humans in almost the same manner as it has been (and is being) used to transport money or prescription drugs from the pharmacy to the drive-through pickup window.
    The idea of using a tube and a vacuum for transporting people has been being developed for several years now, and the most well-known one is probably Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.

    It will probably be used for shorter distances at first, and I read that a tube can go from Washington DC to New York City in about a half hour, as compared to 3 hours on Amtrak. Since it can be powered by solar, and runs on a vacuum, it should be not only fast, but very economical to run once it is set up.
    An interesting side fact, is that having a Hyperloop tube running from (if I remember right) San Francisco to Los Angeles has been in the planning stage for several years now, and the recent fires that ruined homes in California just happened to be right on the same pathway as the Hyperloop is proposed to take.
    Make of that what you will.....

    https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/elon-musk-s-hyperloop-dream-may-come-true-soon-ncna855041


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    The big shoe store where my Mom bought all our shoes had a basket pulley system that just fascinated us kids to no end.

    You'd decide on your shoes and then your cash and the shoes would be put in a wire basket and hoisted to the high ceiling where it would be propelled on a wire across the store to the second floor office. Change would be made and the change put in an envelope. The shoe box would be wrapped in brown paper and tied with string (why, I don't know.....) and the whole caboodle would be returned to the basket, whizzed back across the ceiling and back down to the sales desk. On busy days, it would take forever.

    Even if you wanted to wear your new shoes out of the store, you had to go through the whole procedure. Then you had to ask the clerk to cut the string so you could get to the new shoes. Why? BECAUSE.THAT.WAS.HOW.IT.WAS.DONE, dammit.
     
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    Demo of automated pharmacy. I wonder how it reads the doctors' handwriting?

     
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    @Nancy Hart it is usually barcoded for the patient and an order is generated by orders entered into the computer by the prescriber. I have never seen a system where a pharmacist or tech is not involved, but I guess it is possible. Errors entered by the prescriber could not be caught then unless the person administering the drug managed to catch the problem..not usually the case. When Schedule 2 substances are involved, the system is shut down and only one channel is used to prevent accidental delivery to the wrong station.
     
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    1972 I worked for Merrill Lynch in the wire room. I had about 15 tube drops to handle.Brokers would write their order and pop in the tube, which traveled down to the wire room.I would open and hand over to wire operator to place the order.
    You had to be fast, because when the market was up or down the orders came fast and furious. Many times skipped lunch or tried to eat while handling the tubes. There was some very fun times and some scary ones working the tubes.
    Every second counted when dealing with the stock market. Woes me when one got stuck right on the close of the market!
     
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    First dispatch of mail bags through pneumatic tube from Eversholt Street to Euston Station, London, United Kingdom, illustration from magazine Illustrated London News, volume XLII, February 28, 1863
     
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