Gustave Eiffel, French engineer, 1880. Artist: Eugene Pirou
Gustave Eiffel, French engineer, 1880. Eiffel's (1832-1923) most historic and best-known work is the Eiffel Tower, built for the Paris Exposition of 1889, staged to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution. Built entirely of iron, the Eiffel Tower remained the tallest building in the world until 1930. (Colorised black and white print).
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The well of the Roux Combaluzier elevator, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1889. Artist: Unknown
The well of the Roux Combaluzier elevator, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1889. When it opened for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889, the Eiffel Tower had four elevators. The north and south elevators were installed by the American firm Otis, while the east and west ones were supplied by Roux Combaluzier Lepape, a French company. The French elevators were operated by hydraulically powered chains and rollers. Their performance was poor, however and they were replaced by new lifts supplied by the Fives-Lille company in 1897 and 1899. A print from Figaro Exposition, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co, Limited, 4 Stationers Hall Court, London, 1889.
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Eiffel Tower elevator, 1889. Artist: Unknown
Eiffel Tower elevator, 1889. Elevator built by Otis. An elevator car and one leg of the tower showing the elevator system with (1) hydraulic cylinder; (2) travelling multiplying pulleys; (3) stationary multiplying pulleys; (4) landing platform; (5) ascending car; (6) cables. Designed by the French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), the Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition staged in Paris in 1889 to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. Constructed from iron, it was the tallest building in the world until 1930. American inventor Elisha Graves Otis successfully demonstrated his safety elevator at the American Institute Fair in New York in 1854 and went on to found the Otis Elevator Company.
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