Get your facts straight - not 1911 - Dec 1900 and Ladies Home Journal is considered a magazine, not a newspaper.
They certainly had a thing for pneumatic tubes. Where did they imagine all these pneumatic tubes would fit? I have a mental picture of a landscape clogged with mass quantities of tubes of various sizes, all willy nilly. At the risk of exposing myself as a total nerd, a Harvey Birdman episode comes to mind. So does a series of tubes.