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Comments (19)

Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

The best I can come up with is that its some type of message delivery system.  It looks like  something gets clipped to the birds mouth, and is then send up or down the line to a receiver.

Jan 03, 2010 03:56 PM
Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

It must be part of a mini ski lift?  Actually I can't figure it out.

Jan 03, 2010 03:57 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Jim & Richard,  I'll have the answer for you tomorrow night.

Jan 03, 2010 04:01 PM
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Hi Gary.  It looks like some kind of small pulley system, but other than that, I don't have a guess.

Jan 03, 2010 04:15 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hi Gary,

It is some type of device, but I can not figure it out,

Jan 03, 2010 04:16 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I have never seen anything like it before.  I can't even guess.

Jan 03, 2010 05:04 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

I think Jim Cheney has it right.....a forerunner of the peumatic tube.

Jan 03, 2010 08:55 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Electrical wiring. A bit old but still in use.


Jan 03, 2010 10:15 PM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

I'll be back to find out what it is.

Jan 04, 2010 06:01 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate



Here is one more photo of my mystery object.  I'll be back with the name and some information about it later this evening.

Mystery photo by Gary T Coles

Jan 04, 2010 11:28 AM
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Gary, here in Vancouver when growing up one of the stores: the C C Store had one of these systems.  Instead of a cash register at the check-out stand, the clerk would take your cash and the ticket, put it into the wooden container and send it up to the cashier upstairs behind the half-wall like in your second photo.  The cashier would put the correct change back into the wooden container and send it back to the clerk on the main floor.  It was quite the scene to watch in action!  Thanks!  John

Jan 04, 2010 11:36 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

OK - Here's my guess.  It appears to be a pulley system with a can bottle or can opener on the end of it!  I say it belongs in a brewery, where patrons can sit at one end of the bar, and as a self-service tool, open their own cans or bottles:-)

Jan 04, 2010 01:16 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Thank you all for visiting this post and for your comments and guesses.  The photo is of an antique "Cash Carrier System" manufactured by the Lamson Company.  This particular system is in the original JC Penney store in Kemmerer, Wyoming along with a lot of other interesting historical items.  The best description that I have seen was by John (comment #11).  This system is in working condition but is not in use on a day to day basis.

Jan 04, 2010 03:49 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Jim, You started off with a correct answer -- but I think it still confused a lot of people.

Richard, I loved your answer -- I went skiing last week for the first time in 25 years and it does remind me of the ski lifts.

Gary, You were right about the pulleys that are involved and it is quite a complex system.

Mark,  I am so glad that you responded even if you had no guess -- It's fun to know that people are looking and wondering.

Jim, It definitely is a forerunner of the pneumatic tube.

Rich, Great guess -- if I hadn't seen one as a kid, I probably would have thought of old wiring.

Irene, I'm glad that you will be stopping back.

John, You really knew about this and it was fun to watch.  We had an old store in Evanston, Wyoming where I grew up and they used one of these.  I am going to have to check to see if they still have it, but I think they remodeled and it is probably gone.

Myrl, You have the best and most fun answer yet.  it would be fun to use it for self service beer.




Jan 04, 2010 03:49 PM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

How cool is that?  When I saw the first photo the light fixture made me think this was an old school room or train station.  I would never have guessed the correct answer.  Good one Gary.

Jan 05, 2010 03:43 PM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

That is amazing!  I never knew that these things ever existed. I learned something new today!

Jan 06, 2010 03:32 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Jenny, I'm glad that you though this was a good one for name that photo -- you've had a lot of great ones in that group.

Jana,  I try to find unique items and I know that I learned a lot in taking this photo.  The employees in the store didn't even know the name for the "Cash Carrier' or who made it.  I had to research it -- but that is part of the fun.

Jan 07, 2010 02:42 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Gary and I forgot to comment on this post when you posted it and I would have never guessed what it was!

VB ;o)

Jan 09, 2010 05:42 PM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

How interesting.  I actually thought you were in a museum to start with, but I would have never guessed correctly.

Jan 10, 2010 12:53 PM