Elisha Otis and his elevator 1853

As night follows day it appears that bad news follows good…article-2343059-1A5CED80000005DC-901_634x597

‘Elisha Otis caused a sensation in 1853 at the World Trade Fair in New York with his safety elevator. He ordered the rope holding it up to be cut and instead of plunging to the ground it was halted by an automatic braking system’ 

I have never been one for living in a high rise apartment. Not that I am ‘a-feared’ of heights, nor do I suffer from ‘sursumdeorsumphobia’ the fear of moving up or down in elevators. After all, the first safety elevator was successfully demonstrated by Elisha Otis in 1853, which was then engineered even further to revolutionise the way we live in high rises today. My choice for terrafirma is simplistic, I actually enjoy having a garden to laze around on a summers day. And I know that if sufficient ‘fall-down-juice’ has been successfully applied through a social event, I can handle 15 stairs with ease (some times, with ease)!

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World’s tallest skyscrapers set to double in height after elevator company develops new super-strong ‘rope’ to haul lifts to the top A carbon fibre rope developed for lifts has the potential to make the dream of a mile-high building a reality. It is much lighter than the steel cables currently used in lifts which should allow elevator shafts to be longer.
Well, that’s the good news over with… The bad news is… Millionaire homeowners in world’s tallest block of flats forced to walk 97 FLOORS to top after lift breaks downarticle-2343003-1A5C12A6000005DC-682_634x360

That’s it for now, the sun is blazing, and a lawned garden with my name on it is waiting!

Yours Aye.

8 thoughts on “Elisha Otis and his elevator 1853

  1. When I was stationed at Camp Smith, Hawaii before I moved into a duplex townhouse in Mililani, I resided in one of the Pearl Harbor Navy barracks, a fifteen story leviathan….the elevators when out of service, which wasn’t often but annoying when they were, became a study in patience….I didn’t have any…I lived on the fourteenth floor and you can imagine how short-tempered I became when I found myself needing to trundle up those individual steps; the down part wasn’t bad; I flew down the stairs or was it barreled three or five at a time…great but exhausting memories….k

    • Kristen, as a young marine I had a Sergeant who was a qualified PTI, a real racing snake. His favourite Troop run was a ten miler that stopped half way at a six floor multi story car park, where we did grid sprints from top to bottom; even my shin splints had shin splints.

      Great coming down, but the return journey had me breathing out of my ears!

      Aye.

  2. I once got in the wrong line and ended up climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy. Of course, it was not 97 stories or even 15, but it was round and round in a tiny space crowded with people. Although I sounded like a freight train huffing and puffing, I made it, and it was worth it.

    • Lou, you won’t make that mistake twice. But what an amazing Cathedral, 200 years to build from start to finish, and the dome was built without scaffolding.

      We can’t even get the council around here to fill in the potholes from last winter?

      Aye.

    • Coffeypot, it just doesn’t seem right, or architecturally sound, and it certainly isn’t natural looking. Each to their own, I am more than happy with my abode; two floors of solid concrete walls of block, and brick.

      For me to hang a picture requires a hammer drill and masonry bit…

      Aye.

    • NavyDavy that is a classic look, far better than the help your self push button system now.

      Aye.

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