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The pneumatic tube's strange 150-year journey

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Tubes have carried cats, mail, and people for a really long time. Vox's Phil Edwards leads the tour...

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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The pneumatic tube's strange 150-year journey

  Last updated: 01-08-2018


The pneumatic tube's strange 150-year journey


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7 July 1898 (121 years ago)
Commissioning Pneumatic Tube Mail Rotterdam in the Netherlands

1 July 1922 (97 years ago)
First Re-Commissioning Pneumatic Tube Mail Munich, Germany

5 July 1962 (57 years ago)
Pneumatic Tube Mail Algiers, Algeria, out of business

15 July 2012 (7 years ago)
Elon Musk first publicly mentions his version of the concept passenger and freight transportation, the Hyperloop

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