Encountered this lovely old elevator on the grounds of an antiques shop in Littlerock. If our yard and budget were big enough, this would be mine. It would make a great little gazebo.
No, that’s not a creative frame, that’s the lens cover on my damaged Lumix not opening all the way. And since it was so very bright out, I couldn’t see the LED screen well enough to know. (Note to self: always carry the DSLR!)
Standing inside. Magical. Imagine all the rides people took in this. Feels like a hotel elevator for some reason. The carpet looked motel-ish.
Back when you needed the elevator operator to allign the cage with the floor! Patented in 1897!
Here’s a video that shows a similar type of bird cage style elevator in action. Hydra and I used one like this in a hotel in San Francisco years ago. The hotel is, sadly, no more.
There is also a nice shot of the elevator in the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles, CA in action, starting aroudn 1:20 in this video.
Detail of the Greek key design on the outside.