The other day, while scouting a rooftop, my guide took me through an old elevator room and showed me the machinery, which he said mostly dates back to the 1920’s.
I’m always amazed when such old technology is still in working use today…
But my favorite bit was this panel, which looks almost steampunkish in design:
Every time someone presses a button in the elevator…
The appropriate circuit clamps together, causing a MASSIVE spark (I tried really hard to get a picture but just couldn’t time it right).
The best part? When several buttons are pushed at once, sending the clamps into a flurry of motion and causing sparks to erupt all over the panel. Made me feel like I was in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab.
PS – Looked like this:
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