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Item Cost Weight
Brass tube 100 GP
Pantelegraph 25 GP/transaction
Pneumatic mail tube 5 per object
Postage stamps 5 GP per stamp
Telegraph 2 GP per word per 10 miles
Ticker-tape machine 2000 per month — (receiver 2 lbs.)
Telephone 10000 per month — (receiver 2 lbs.)

Brass Tube: A system of brass tubes is used to carry orders through many ships, fortifications, and homes. It does not require electricity and is cheap to install.

Pantelegraph: An early form of fax machine. An image of your signature and your personal four digit code are sent to the main office of a bank where the image is compared to the master original. If they match, the bank branch is authorized to release funds from your banking account.

Pneumatic Mail Tube: A steam furnace creates a vacuum that pulls message capsules throughout office buildings and over multiple city blocks. This system has been embraced by the public and the government, but cannot send an object weighing more than half a pound.

Postage Stamps: Stamps are a convenient way to send a message or package by land, air, or sea. The number of stamps needed depends on the weight and distance carried.

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Telegraph: The telegraph uses Ditdah Code (new language) to transmit letters by wire. The telegraph system is a government controlled monopoly.

Ticker-Tape Machines: These use telegraph wires to transmit stock quotes to all subscribers. The transmission machine has 36 keys that correspond to a 36-character
alphanumeric letter wheel in each receiving machine. The machine uses 4-letter acronyms for each company and does not require knowledge of Ditdah Code to read. A receiver comes free to each subscriber who pays the monthly fee.

Telephone: Telephones are available only to the very wealthy. All telephones pass through a switch board operator who completes the phone line connection. Anyone can pick up a phone and talk to anyone else hooked into the same line. The telephone currently remains a luxury of the mega-rich.

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