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Behind The Elevator: Elisha Otis

Nope, no one is behind any elevator (what a picture). I just want to share a trivia (and a fact) about the elevator.

Have I mentioned that I once worked for a company located in the DPC Building (back then was on the 12th floor). The building was 16 floors high with a mezzanine/car park.

I was there for a little more than a year, riding the elevator up and down and up and down… What I notice from all that elevator ride was one word standing out – OTIS.

Yep, Mr. OTIS is the one responsible for the technology of elevator we use today.

Primitive elevators were in use as early as the 3rd century BC, operated by human, animal, or water wheel power….In 1853, American inventor Elisha Otis demonstrated a freight elevator equipped with a safety device to prevent falling in case a supporting cable should break.

Here’s  more info about the man with a great mind:

Elisha Graves Otis

Born: 3-Aug1811
Birthplace: Halifax, VT
Died: 8-Apr1861
Location of death: Yonkers, NY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Invented the safety elevator

Founded 1853 by Elisha Otis. Acquired by United Technologies in 1976.

PS: Pahabol… Here’s one more bit of info.. Might help you to stick the info in your mind..

Watch the movie, “Kate and Leopold” starring Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan… Believe me, you’ll remember OTIS.

One Response to “Behind The Elevator: Elisha Otis”

  1. paulette says:

    Thanks for the info. great trivia compared to other inventors he did not name his invention after his name.

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