A Brief History of the Pneumatic Tube


Sun, Apr 10th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Vox has this short documentary showing the rise and decline of the pneumatic tube, a 150-year-old system that may not be moving people like its creators envisioned, but is still used today in specific sectors.

More than a century and a half before Elon Musk thought up the Hyperloop, his mash-up of pneumatic and maglev ideas (and a bunch of other moving parts), people were using pneumatic tubes to move people. Though we're familiar with pneumatic tubes from banks, they've been around much longer and used for a lot more.



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