Otis Elevator Company installation of electric lifts for the London Underground photographs

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    The Otis Elevator Company manufactures, installs and maintains elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Elisha Otis (1811-1861) founded the company in 1853 in New York.
    In 1862, the company began selling elevators internationally, starting in Canada, then expanding to Mexico and Europe as early as 1873. Sales offices were established in London in 1884. The London Underground Railroad purchased 140 electric elevators from the company and had them installed between 1905 and 1907.
    The album contains images of elevators and elevator equipment being installed at subway stations in London. Most of the images show the equipment used to raise, lower and brake the elevator, often already installed at the top of the elevator shaft or in a machine room. Other images feature workers installing or inspecting this equipment. Some photographs feature the completed elevator entrances' in the stations or images of Otis Elevator Company employees.
    To view the finding aid for this collection, click here.
    Image: Entrance side of lifts, Hampstead. June, 1906. to view this image in the collection.

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