Four girls from everywhere.
A school in the middle of somewhere.
A city at the edge of anywhere.
A school story like you'll find nowhere else.

The Extras is a modern take on a classic boarding school story, a slice-of-life comedy / fantasy about the everyday adventures of growing up. Located in the City, the School of Saints Java and Hellbender is as much a character in the story as the girls from almost everywhere who live and learn there, and just as full of secrets.

Chapter: 3: Midterms Page: Friend Tube

21st Oct 2022, 3:00 PM

Friend Tube

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Firefly Jelly

Firefly Jelly 21st Oct 2022, 3:00 PM
"Friend tube" is a pneumatic tube delivery system. Once widespread, they now exist for most of us only at the drive-thru windows at banks. You can see that the tubes come up through the floor under the tables.

They even delivered postal mail this way.

Ms. Templeton is the "foundation" (homeroom) teacher for the 1st-year students and is the rugby coach.

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21st Oct 2022, 10:11 PM
Betcha there are still plenty of buildings in New York City that still use them.

Oh! And that old-school intercom is awesome!

When I was like 10, I attended an elementary school which was built in the 1920's. The intercom system looked just like in this page, minus the light bulb.

It had a really harsh-sounding bell that was more like a buzz than a ring. Whenever it went off we all jumped out of our skins. It was worse when it happened during quiet study!
Firefly Jelly
22nd Oct 2022, 12:53 PM
Firefly Jelly
I'm sure there are still some buildings that have them- and might even still operate them. The problem, of course, is that if the technology stopped being used 70 years ago, the supply of spare parts... and the expertise needed to install them... would be the big limiting factor. There might be a few enthusiasts out there who could help or would be able to figure them out (much like the antique radio hobby has people who know how to repair them, who learned the skills long after the technology itself was obsolete.) I imagine a pneumatic tube system might also be noisy and power-hungry as well.
Cool on the school intercom. I imagine this one was built by the students as a project. One of the elementary schools I attended had the buzzer system as well, and it was painful.