In 1875, the first cash carrier system in the U.S. was patented by David Brown of Lebanon , NJ (No. 165,473) which he called "an apparatus for transmission of goods, packages etc." The first installation was at the ladies' furnishing store of William S. Lamson in Lowell, Mass, in Feb 1879. Using two overhead wires with endless rope pulleys, a small basket travelled between the sales clerk and the cashier. Lamson began manufacturing these in 1881, and in Jan 1882 incorporated the Lamson Cash Railway Company.
condensed from "Famous First Facts" by Kane