The History of Elevators and Lifts
By Andy Darnley
The first elevator debuted in the mid-1800’s. Prior to the invention of the elevator, people would need to walk up the stairs of multi floor buildings. However, the idea for the elevator can be traced back to around 300 B.C. During this era, people began to use levers and pulleys to carry heavier objects to a higher level. While these simple machines helped in the construction of buildings, they were still very different from the elevators we know of today.
In 1853, Peter Cooper constructed the first elevator shaft, even though the elevator had not been invented yet. Cooper knew that elevators were being worked on and was only a matter of time before they were ready for usage. He was right – in fact, only four years later Elisha Otis designed an elevator that would work in the shaft.
Over the years elevators and lifts have been used in several settings. While today we think of the elevator as a personal convenience, it has been used in others ways. Elevators have been used in industrial settings to carry large objects or materials to higher floors. In addition, elevators have been used in agricultural settings. Also, dumbwaiters have been in place in buildings to carry smaller items to the upper floors without having to physically go up the stairs. In recent years, stair lifts, where people can sit in a chair, have been used by people having difficulty going up stairs. They can remain in the chair and be carried up or down the stairs.
As you can see, elevators and lifts have had a significant impact on the personal and industrial usage. Elevators have made work and personal usage much easier. To learn more about the invention and development of elevators, please feel free to browse the following information.
- Who Invented the Elevator?
- Elevator History
- Who Invented the Elevator/Lift?
- The First Elevator
- The Elevator and the City
- Elevators and Conveying Systems
- Freight Elevators
- How the Elevator Transformed America
- Who Invented the Elevator
- Elevator Safety
- The Electric Elevator
- Dates and Facts About the Elevator
- Timeline of the Elevator
- Elevator Museum Timeline
- The Elevator Cable System
- How an Elevator Works
- Elevator Physics
- Elevator Safety Tips
- Safety Tips for the Elevator
- Elevator Safety Resources
- Elevator Resources