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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.
History and facts about Elevators
Fig.1 - History and facts about 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.
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