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A Special Effects Elevator

A Special Effects Elevator

By Dr. Lee Gray | July 1, 2021

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

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

Examination of a 1932 brochure by U.K. manufacturer Marryat & Scott reveals an early VT industry encounter with modern architecture.

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Historic Chicago Stock Exchange Elevator Enclosures

Historic Chicago Stock Exchange Elevator Enclosures

By Josh Nelson | May 1, 2021

The history of the organic design behind Louis Sullivan’s works of art from 1894 There are countless reasons to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. With more than 300,000 incredible pieces in its collection, the gallery is the second-largest art museum in the U.S. Famous works that line its walls range from Claude Monet’s famous…

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1950s Innovations in Elevator Cab Design

1950s Innovations in Elevator Cab Design

By Dr. Lee Gray | April 1, 2021

This History article examines cabin-access innovations that arose from the development of operator-less elevators in the early 1950s.

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Chicago Elevator First

Chicago Elevator First

By Dr. Lee Gray | March 1, 2021

This History article examines the city’s important role in 19th-century elevator progression.

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John H. Jallings 1847-1935

John H. Jallings (1847-1935)

By Dr. Lee Gray | February 1, 2021

The first attempt to tell a more complete story of the life and career of the VT industry’s early chronicler John H. Jallings is a well-known figure in American vertical-transportation (VT) history. He authored the first comprehensive study of elevator technology: Elevators: A Practical Treatise on the Development and Design of Hand, Belt, Steam, Hydraulic…

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Miller’s Patent Screw Hoisting Machine

By Dr. Lee Gray | January 1, 2021

Examining the companies and enigmas surrounding William Miller and the inventor’s wild marketing claims by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent The November 16, 1867, issue of Scientific American included an illustrated article titled “Improvement in Hoisting Machinery.” The article examined an elevator designed by William Miller of Cincinnati and manufactured by Campbell, Whittier, & Co.…

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The Escalator at Mid-Century

By Dr. Lee Gray | December 1, 2020

This History article examines the escalator as it came into its own. The history of technical literature includes textbooks that have served multiple generations through multiple editions. One such iconic work is Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, first published in 1935 and now in its 11th edition. Each new publication reflects editorial changes, the…

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“Vertical Highways: The New Phase in Elevators”

By Lee Gray, EW Correspondent | November 1, 2020

An examination of Henry D. James’ article, which provided a rationale for why developers and architects should adopt running two cars in a single shaft by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent The history of vertical-transportation (VT) systems is filled with accounts of talented engineers who invented elevator systems intended to “revolutionize” VT. An unexplored aspect…

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