Thursday, February 19, 2009

Otis Elevator Company

The Otis Elevator Company is the world's largest manufacturer of vertical transportation systems today, principally elevators and escalators. Founded in Yonkers, New York, USA in 1853 by Elisha Otis, the company pioneered the development of the safety elevator, invented by Otis, which used a special mechanism to lock the elevator car in place should the hoisting ropes fail. Otis made skyscrapers possible by providing safe mechanical transport to upper floors.

Otis has installed elevators in some of the world's most famous structures, including the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, World Trade Center, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Petronas Twin Towers, CN Tower and the Skylon Tower. This was taken somewhere in Chelsea….gallery I think…


Virginia said...

Nice detail here KM. I remember Otis Elevators too!

Daryl said...

The small (fits 4 people!) elevator in our renovated brownstone is Otis!

Mo said...

Clever pic to show an elevator

max said...

We have also otis elevator every where in the street

Anonymous said...

the LA Times has an old Otis elevator, and quite elegant. My favorite is the button that's labeled "Help will arrive." I would press it from time to time, just for luck.

Wayne said...

Nice detail Ken.

When most of the elevator companies here have been bought out, amalgamated or generally gone international, Otis still seems to be just Otis.

This thing (I doubt anyone cares) is a cover that can be removed in order to insert a large crank handle. If the elevator were to descend too quickly steel rods would extend beyond the underside of the cab and jam into slots in the rail to stop the car. Regulations require that this device be tested at certain intervals. The crank retracts the rods once everything is okey dokey.

Cyd said...

Great detail... I really like the way you cropped it.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done. Such a familiar emblem. I always just took it for granted.

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Jane Hards Photography said...

That's a real piece of history.

Ming the Merciless said...

The elevator in my 1928 building has the Otis name on it too. But not this logo/sign.

Dave said...

I specially enjoyed this one with your explanation Ken. Otis used to (may still) do elevators here. I nearly worked for them some years back - changed my mind for another job. - Dave

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