It IS a series of tubes!

We’ve been having a bit of a tech-crush here at MAKE, on pneumatic tube systems. We wrote about it in a recent Lost Knowledge column, talked about it on Make: Talk, and Dale went to Molly Wright Steenson’s inspiring talk at ETech. In this San Jose Ignite video, entitled “It Really is a Series of Tubes,” Molly presents a wonderful survey of pneumatic technologies of the 1800s, all in five minutes.

Now I’m REALLY in love.



4 thoughts on “It IS a series of tubes!

  1. tudza says:

    Looks like a series of pipes to me.

  2. gear head says:

    Not only was that a cool topic but that whole presentation format rocks too. Thanks for posting it, I had no idea they used to use a system like that.

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