Blog
Feb 17, 2020

Elevators – History, Facts and Trivia

After a series of technical articles on the elevators and its technology, it’s time to read some fun facts and trivia about one of the world’s oldest machines – Elevators! There is a long history and many facts and amazing trivia related to elevators that can amuse us. This article aims to take its readers on a fun filled learning ride high up.

History behind the elevators

  • It is believed that the world's first elevator was built by Archimedes, the famous mathematician of Greece in 236 BC. He built his elevator with weights, wrenches and ropes which became the basic principle for future inventions.
  • In 1743, an elevator referred to as "flying chair" was commissioned by King Louis XV in his palace at Versailles, France.
  • The first safety system for elevators was developed by Elisha Otis in 1852. He demonstrated the working principles of the safety system in a rather dramatic fashion at a New York building. The self- locking door of the elevator was also introduced in 1854 by Otis. These two safety features paved way for the advanced safety requirements of the modern-day elevators.

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • The Statue of Unity in Gujarat stands at 182 metres (597 ft) high and has 10 high speed (4 metres per second (13 ft/s)) elevators going up to a viewing gallery at 153 metres (502 ft) high.
  • Elevators are statistically safer than walking on the road.
  • In 2018, global demand for elevators came to approximately 90 billion U.S. dollars.
  • Calming music was introduced in the elevators in the year 1920s to help the anxious passengers relax.
  • On an average, each elevator user makes 4 elevator trips in a day.
  • The close button in the elevator does not close the door faster.
At Emperor Lifts, we design and build elevators that are energy efficient, safe and have compact designs to suit all needs. Call our representative at 1800-425-19000 to know more.