A few days ago I was thinking about some of the things from my childhood that are now gone. At least I thought they were gone.
One of them was a pneumatic tube messaging system, which was in place in a department store in my little town. The cashier had a little cylindrical device where she would put your money. She would insert the tube into a chamber and then it would pneumatically be sent upstairs to the office and it would be sent back down to the cashier with your change.
Apparently this system was invented in England in the 1800s and was used to send messages from say a bank to the stock exchange. It was used over greater and greater distances, some several miles and was used in many cities in Europe.
My daughter told me that there was one in use in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, about 15 years ago. I don’t know if it is still in use.
I read that many hospitals use them, especially for test samples, because the number of people who would be needed to “message” all these lab samples would be large and the possibility of the samples being lost or damaged is decreased with the pneumatic system. Stanford University Hospital and the Ottawa Heart Institute use the system and I am sure there are many other hospitals that use this quaint way of messaging. Now the systems are computer-controlled.
Recently, I emailed my brothers and sisters about this old memory and I’ve had 40 responses filled with memories from the 40s and on. It is fun thinking of the way things used to be and the way they are now.
(Had a little computer problem which has been fixed. Only part of this post got published, but that’s another story.)
Do you have any memories of the “old days” to share? I’d like to hear them.
Have a great day. – Maureen