In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.
Today’s image is brought to you by the General Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.