Full record for matter transmission n.

Definition the transportation of material objects by a (hypothetical) process analogous to radio transmission
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite J. Schlossel, "Extra-Galactic Invaders"
Comment Cory Panshin submitted a 1953 cite from an article by Fletcher Pratt in Reginald Bretnor's "Modern Science Fiction".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1965 reprint of Henry Kuttner's 1949 "The Time Axis". Fred Galvin verified this in the 1949 first publication.
Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from George O. Smith's "Special Delivery".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1931 cite from "Extra-Galactic Invaders", by J. Schlossel

Earliest cite in the OED had been from 1958, and is now the Smith cite from 1945

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Citations for matter transmission n.

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1931 J. Schlossel Extra-Galactic Invaders in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 269/2 The attack must be launched before man completed the great matter-transmission machine he was planning—otherwise they would have the forces of the Confederation at the entrances of their underground cities.
1945 G. O. Smith Special Delivery in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 74/2 By Franks' matter transmitter to Mojave. Spacecraft to Luna. More matter transmission from Luna to Phobos. Then transshipped down to Lincoln Head, and by matter transmitter to Canalopsis.
1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis Jan. xi. 42/1 Perhaps in a city of the future like this one I had expected vehicles or moving ways of endless belts. Now I saw that at intervals along the street were discs of dull metal set in the pavement. A man would step on one—and vanish. Another man would suddenly appear on another, step off and hurry toward a third disc. It was matter-transmission, applied to the thoroughly practical use of quick transportation.
1953 F. Pratt Critique of Sci. Fiction in R. Bretnor Modern Sci. Fiction 75 If the author is going to use speed greater than light or matter transmission, he at least owes us a reasonably plausible explanation of how these things work.
1965 H. Kuttner Time Axis 58 Perhaps in a city of the future like this one I had expected vehicles or moving ways of endless belts. Now I saw that at intervals along the street were discs of dull metal set in the pavement. A man would step on one—and vanish. Another man would suddenly appear on another, step off and hurry toward a third disc. It was matter-transmission, applied to the thoroughly practical use of quick transportation.
1994 Analog Science Fiction & Fact Jan. 118/1 But that's matter-transmission , not time travel.