Pneumatic Tubes Shoot Hot Meals To Homes (Apr, 1935)
Pneumatic Tubes Shoot Hot Meals To Homes
WHIZZING at mile-a-minute speed through pneumatic tubes far beneath the streets of Berlin, Germany, are thermos bottles each containing part of some housewifes meal. A phone call is enough to bring, in less than fifteen minutes, a complete meal ready to serve, containing exactly the desired quantity and kind of food for each course.
Housewives select their meals from a 300-page menu book distributed to tenants in every apartment house and home within a radius of ten blocks of the gigantic central kitchen. Orders may be placed by phone for delivery at any specified time.
In the kitchen food is prepared in huge galvanized troughs and pots. Long rows of thermos bottles are stacked in readiness to receive dishes ready for delivery. The bottles are wrapped in corrugated containers in preparation for their trip through the vast network of underground tubes.
Newer homes in Berlin will have no kitchensâ€”simply a few pneumatic tube outlets beside the kitchen cabinet or sink. With the elimination of all stoves and ovens in the home, the fame of German women for tasty cooking may soon pass into obscurity.