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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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Elevator Maintenance and Inspection: Recommendations, Regulations and Codes: 1880-1940

By Dr. Lee Gray | September 1, 2020

The beginning of an investigation exploring a global history of elevator (and escalator and moving walk) codes and standards. by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent This article was first presented at the 2019 International Elevator & Escalator Symposium in Las Vegas. For more information on December 6-7, 2021’s event in Amsterdam and to participate, visit…

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75 Years, 75 Floors

By Bud Johnson | September 1, 2020

In this Readers’ Platform, your author reflects on when a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building. by Bud Johnson July 1945 was a great time to be alive in NYC. Germany had recently surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe, and Japan would soon be defeated. After five years of…

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How to Build Model Elevators, Part Two

By Dr. Lee Gray | July 1, 2020

Delving into another author’s approach to building model elevators in the early 20th century by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent The first part this article series explored how to build model elevators from the perspective of the early 20th century (ELEVATOR WORLD, June 2020). This exploration began with an examination of models designed by engineer…

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How to Build Model elevators, Part One

By Dr. Lee Gray | June 1, 2020

An exploration into making elevators out of a variety of boxes, rubber bands, nails, screws and string by Dr. Lee Gray, EW Correspondent Recent events have had a dramatic impact on American and global society. Stay-at-home orders have shifted where and how we work and, regrettably, have affected many people’s ability to continue working. While…

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