The Big Apple and Pneumatic Tubes

Pneumatic tubes are [basically] vacuum tubes used to transport solid objects (think of the drive-thru bank tellers).  New York City implemented a Pneumatic Tube Mail Network in 1897 and used it until 1957.  The tube system connected 23 post offices over 27 miles.  At the height of use, the tubes transported up to 97,000 letters a day!

While I got my initial information from Buzzfeed, they link back to Untapped Cities, which is where you can read all the juicy details.Pneumatic-Tube-Mail-Network-NYC-Kate-Ascher-e1363302482168


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