This Day in History – March 23rd, 1857

Elisha_OTIS_1854In 1852, Elisha Otis introduced the safety elevator, which prevented the fall of the cab if the cable broke. The design of the Otis safety elevator is somewhat similar to one type still used today. A governor device engages knurled roller(s), locking the elevator to its guides should the elevator descend at excessive speed. He demonstrated it at the New York exposition in the Crystal Palace in a dramatic, death-defying presentation in 1854, and the first such passenger elevator was installed at 488 Broadway in New York City on March 23rd, 1857.

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One Response to “This Day in History – March 23rd, 1857

  • I knew a man named Otis who invented a room
    And his heart was filled with pride.
    I said ” Mr. Otis, what does your room do?”
    He said “it goes from side to side.”
    I said ” Mr. Otis there’s a fortune to be found, you gotta take that room that moves from side to side, and make it go up and down.” – “Good Advice “– Alan Sherman.

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