On the 23rd of March in 1857, Elisha Otis’s first elevator was installed in New York City. Elisha Otis had always fancied himself an inventor, however he didn’t have any success until he took on a contract to convert a sawmill to a bedstead factory. His most famous invention came from a practical difficulty while he was cleaning up the factory. He needed to get the old debris to the upper levels of the factory but he felt the hoists weren’t safe. He worked with his sons to find a solution.
If one could just devise a machine that wouldn’t fall…. He hit upon the answer, a tough, steel wagon spring meshing with a ratchet. If the rope gave way, the spring would catch and hold.
In 1854 Otis dramatized his safety device on the floor of the Crystal Palace Exposition in New York. With a large audience on hand, the inventor ascended in an elevator cradled in an open-sided shaft. Halfway up, he had the hoisting cable cut with an axe. The platform held fast and the elevator industry was on its way.
Elisha Otis formed a company to sell the safety elevators. Today, the Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of vertical transport systems.
On the 23rd of March in 2013, up-and-coming photographers all over the world submitted these super-successful (and safe) Saturday scenes:
And these are the high risers that took them:
Upwards and onwards! If you’d like to join us at high elevation, then don’t plunge into despair! Simply take a photograph on Saturday and send it to @SatScenes with a location!