Fun Fact March 25, 2021
25 March 2021
A little lift today. Nearly everyone has been in one of these magic boxes invented by Elisha Otis in 1852. Of course, we’re talking about the elevator. Otis is credited with inventing the safety elevator, which automatically comes to a stop if the ropes or wires hoisting the elevator breaks. After a demonstration at the New York Worlds Fair in 1853 the elevator business got a lift. Elevators were in high demand during the Civil War due to the shipment of war materials. Most elevators still bare the Otis name. There were others, however, who helped make the modern elevator what it is today. John W. Meaker was awarded U.S. Patent in 1874 for the invention of the first automatic elevator door system. In 1887 Alexander Miles won a patent for the improvements on that system. Whether you call it an elevator or a lift, there in no easier way to get to the top.