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Elevator in Lord and Taylor department store
The elevator--Otis's new invention took people higher than ever before, like this one at Lord & Taylor

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Otis Opened Elevator Factory
September 20, 1853

Skyscrapers could not have been built without Elisha Graves Otis's invention. Any guesses as to what that was? Otis opened a small factory on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, on September 20, 1853, to make elevators, fully equipped with his newly invented automatic safety device. Having received an order for two freight elevators with the new device, Otis abandoned his plans to join the California Gold Rush. But after six months, he hadn't received a second order. What do you think he did?
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