American Survival Guide
THINKING OUT OF THE BOX
Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, was credited with designing the first elevator well over 2,000 years ago.
ELEVATORS, HARDLY A MODERN CONVENIENCE
Yes, the modern elevator has enabled man to expand upward exponentially since the late 19th century, but its history and usefulness have been around for over 2,000 years and perhaps even longer.
Archimedes, an all-around genius of his time, invented the first elevator around 235 BC. Using the properties of pulleys and winches, he developed elevators that could be lifted upward under human and animal power.
The Romans then adapted Archimedes’ invention and added it to the world-famous Colosseum in Rome, evident by shafts found at the ancient site.
Finally, style was all the rage in the late 1800s, as elevators were once called movable rooms, and what better to be put into rooms? How about furniture, chandeliers, decorative carpeting and ornamental rugs. The process of moving one or two floors upward was a classy undertaking as the occupants would actually sit down, relax and enjoy the ride.