I found this quite interesting:
1st Century BC: The Romans operate lifts using pulleys with human, animal and water power.
1800: Steam-driven lifts are in use in English factories. An expert operator controls each car by manipulating a rope that passes through it.
1853: Elisha Graves Otis unveils a safety device to prevent freefall, paving the way for passenger lifts.
Late 1800s: Stately "movable rooms" begin to appear in hotels and department stores - they feature cushioned benches and chandeliers.
1950s: Safety systems that automatically close both sets of doors eliminate the need for operators.
Future: Lifts may employ magnetic levitation technology - a design has also been trialled for a lift to move vertically and then horizontally to navigate larger skyscrapers.
When's the last time you got stuck in an elevator?
I remember being in such a situation when I was a kid, at a seaside hotel, with a bunch of very loud German tourists. I cried and puked on one of them
A history of elevators
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