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Cage elevators.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by LabelKing, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I like cage elevators. They have the polished mechanical elegance that only certain things that were painstakingly designed and crafted have.

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  2. Dakota rube

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    One are one very interesting dude. Oh, and I, too, like them.
     
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  4. LabelKing

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    Gaudi?
    Yes, the bottom one is in an apartment building by Gaudi.
     
  5. Full Canvas

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    The relatively plain cage elevator in our apartment building in Minsk says "Otis Brothers & Co., Yonkers, New York 1889". The neighbors just asked me why I was using my bespoke flashlight in the elevator at quarter to one in the morning! Then they mumbled something about crazy Americans.

    I've always enjoyed the resounding metallic clank as the outer door latches securely and the distant whine as the car operates.

    Modern elevators leave me guessing.
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  6. LabelKing

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    The relatively plain cage elevator in our apartment building in Minsk says “Otis Brothers & Co., Yonkers, New York 1889”. The neighbors just asked me why I was using my bespoke flashlight in the elevator at quarter to one in the morning! Then they mumbled something about crazy Americans. I’ve always enjoyed the resounding metallic clank as the outer door latches securely and the distant whine as the car operates. Modern elevators leave me guessing. _________________________________________
    How fun. I love how these American and European companies exported their products to some of the more odd places. For example, Russia and China. Modern elevators have that air of distant electric efficency, which isn't very appealing. What type of building do you live in? Beaux-arts?
     
  7. Full Canvas

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    How fun. I love how these American and European companies exported their products to some of the more odd places. For example, Russia and China.

    Modern elevators have that air of distant electric efficency, which isn't very appealing.

    What type of building do you live in? Beaux-arts?


    What the post-revolution Russians didn't tear down, the Nazis were fairly successful in shelling into rubble. Somehow our building survived. It's rumored that our building was housing for high-ranking German army officers.

    Reportedly, it was built in 1891. It's modest Beaux-Arts in design. By that I mean "not-terribly-Imperial Roman" as opposed to Beaux-Arts buildings benefiting from more imperial design and construction budgets. The detailing is rather sparse. It's likely that much of the building's decorative imagery was "liberated" during WWII.

    Most of today's Minsk is relatively modern as a necessary result of its German occupying forces leaving nothing of beauty to remain behind. I'm unaware of any other cage elevators in Minsk.
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  8. faustian bargain

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    wasn't there a cage elevator in Indiscreet? These elevators make for great cinema, I think.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    Are there companies that still make cage elevators?
     
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    [​IMG]

    You won't find this quality today.
     
  11. Nantucket Red

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    In developed economies, it's difficult to find a flunkey to keep all that brass polished.
     
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    In developed economies, it's difficult to find a flunkey to keep all that brass polished.
    My flunkies prefer the term "henchmen".
     
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    My flunkies prefer the term "henchmen".

    Really? Mine prefer "lackeys."

    I love the pictures of the cage elevators. I agree with the statement that they're good for cinema. One was employed in J.F. Sebastian's building in Blade Runner, if I remember correctly.
     
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    Do you live in a building with one? Trust me, they are hardly the fash. No doubt it does look great.
     
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    Really? Mine prefer "lackeys."

    I love the pictures of the cage elevators. I agree with the statement that they're good for cinema. One was employed in J.F. Sebastian's building in Blade Runner, if I remember correctly.


    it's a real building - the bradbury building.
     
  16. LabelKing

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    All this reminds me of a cage elevator anecdote.

    My grandmother had a friend in Shanghai whose husband had financed and built an apartment complex. They were planning to install a cage elevator in the main lobby and then the Communists came whereupon the importation of such an item proved impossible.

    So now there is just this sort of gaping void in the lobby.
     
  17. Nantucket Red

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    Those communists certainly knew how to spoil a party.
     
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    Those communists certainly knew how to spoil a party.


    Yes indeed. You might not even know how right you are. Oh the parties that then took place in LK's own Principality. They were incroyable, as they used to say.
     
  19. designprofessor

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    Gaudi?
    Good eye!

    On a sad note, we don't have them here, I'm in flatland.
     
  20. Kent Wang

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    I dig them, too. But surely you must also like some of the latest modern elevators, despite their "distant electric efficiency". The double-decker ones amuse me in a peculiar way.
     

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