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Dr. Lee Gray

Dr. Lee Gray, professor of Architectural History and senior associate dean of the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has written more than 200 monthly articles on the history of vertical transportation (VT) for ELEVATOR WORLD since 2003. He is also the author of From Ascending Rooms to Express Elevators: A History of the Passenger Elevator in the 19th Century. He also serves as curator of theelevatormuseum.org, created by Elevator World, Inc.

Elisha Otis’ “Improved Elevator”

Elisha Otis’ “Improved Elevator”

By Dr. Lee Gray | January 5, 2022
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Examining the “facts” from the New York Crystal Palace Exhibition

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The Montmorency Escalator in Le Havre

The Montmorency Escalator in Le Havre

By Dr. Lee Gray | December 1, 2021
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In this History article, your author describes an early 20th century French transportation system.

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Elevator Brakes 1895-1927

Elevator Brakes 1895-1927

By Dr. Lee Gray | November 1, 2021
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In this History article, your author provides a brief presentation of early brake systems.

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Elevators As Communications Systems

Elevators As Communications Systems

By Dr. Lee Gray | October 1, 2021
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In this History article, your author examines a lesser-known ap-plication of VT technology.

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The A17.1 Centennial

The A17.1 Centennial

By Dr. Lee Gray | September 1, 2021
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A complex story meaningfully told

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Elevator-Entrapments-in-the-United-States--1880-1930

Elevator Entrapments in the United States: 1880-1930

By Dr. Lee Gray | August 1, 2021
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Reports of passengers being caught had become fairly common in VT’s early days.

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A Special Effects Elevator

A Special Effects Elevator

By Dr. Lee Gray | July 1, 2021
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Exploring the entertainment side of VT

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Hydraulic Elevators in Europe and the U.S.

Hydraulic Elevators in Europe and the U.S.

By Dr. Lee Gray | June 1, 2021
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In this History article, we learn that VT technology was an international story from the very beginning.

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"The Vertical Transport of Goods"

“The Vertical Transport of Goods”

By Dr. Lee Gray | May 1, 2021
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Examination of a 1932 brochure by U.K. manufacturer Marryat & Scott reveals an early VT industry encounter with modern architecture.

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1950s Innovations in Elevator Cab Design

1950s Innovations in Elevator Cab Design

By Dr. Lee Gray | April 1, 2021
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This History article examines cabin-access innovations that arose from the development of operator-less elevators in the early 1950s.

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