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Mr Alex made a thread about this a long time ago, but it was locked by dormancy. Post funny or interesting videos here!
I been in the Smith Tower elevator, and I agree - it is really cool. I found all of the architectural features in that to be beautiful. The Chinese stuff upstairs was a little strange for the setting, though.I frequent Youtube many times for nostalgic reasons - streetcars, trains, clips from old TV shows, recording artists, movies - all from my younger years. One thing I also miss from childhood days is the old, manually operated elevators. To me, as a young child, they were a thrill ride of sorts. Seeing the floors whizzing past through the scissor gates made you feel you were traveling much faster than you actually were. They could be kind of scary to ride when you'd feel your stomach flip as they quickly stopped at each floor. Sadly, during the decade of the 1960s, most of them in North America were modernized and converted to automatic operation. However, a handful of building owners have retained the old cars and the operator jobs that go with them. I like seeing some of the human element retained in this age of automation.:smile: Here's a couple notable examples in the US from Youtube:
The Flat Iron Bldg. in Asheville, NC
YouTube - Carolina Camera: The Elevator Lady
The Smith Tower in Seattle, WA
YouTube - Otis elevator at the Smith Tower(With an elevator operator)
And this one is in Canada:
Gladstone Hotel Toronto, Canada
YouTube - The Gladstone Cowboy
Do they look fun to ride or what?