Going Up? Vintage Otis Birdcage Elevator.

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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!)P1020335

Standing inside. Magical. Imagine all the rides people took in this. Feels like a hotel elevator for some reason.  The carpet looked motel-ish.

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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.

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Detail of the Greek key design on the outside.

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One thought on “Going Up? Vintage Otis Birdcage Elevator.

  1. joan says:

    You find such interesting things! Thanks also for the links to the past!

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