Payment By Cash – Definitely No Credit Cards!

  • 31 October, 2011 at 21:15 #914

    Long before credit cards payment for small items was by cash only.

    In some stores a special method of payment was used. When someone made a purchase, the sales assistant took cash payment and together with a docket of sale (which was in duplicate in a sales book), placed them in a small tube with a lid which on pulling a cord, shot across the ceiling on a special system and landed at the cashier’s office. Here the change and docket (now filled out as paid) was put back into the tube and relayed back to the assistant and customer.

    Some systems had a tube system underground instead of overhead.

    What was this method of payment called?
    What period was it used? I believe it was 1940’s into early 50’s?

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