Helen Soros works the new pneumatic tube system to take cash at Marshall Fields store in Chicago, November 1947.

Helen Soros works the new pneumatic tube system to take cash at Marshall Fields store in Chicago, November 1947.

Long before the Internet was a glimmer in Al Gore’s eye, a different series of tubes helped shuttle messages from one place to another, seemingly by magic.

Long before the Internet was a glimmer in Al Gore’s eye, a different series of tubes helped shuttle messages from one place to another, seemingly by magic.

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How New Yorkers sent a cat through the mail in pneumatic tubes over a hundred years ago - and inspired Elon Musk's revolutionary Hyperloop

How New Yorkers sent a cat through the mail in pneumatic tubes over a hundred years ago - and inspired Elon Musk's revolutionary Hyperloop

Pneumatic tube system in the in New York used to transfer the mail with a total length of miles)

Pneumatic Tube System Carriers

Pneumatic Tube System Carriers

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The New York City Pneumatic Mail System delivered mail through 27 miles of pressurized tubes from 1898 to 1918.

Underground Mail Road; Modern Plans for All-but-Forgotten Delivery System

The New York City Pneumatic Mail System delivered mail through 27 miles of pressurized tubes from 1898 to 1918.

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