Saturday, November 5, 2016

Some operator


[Henry , November 5, 2016.]

Wait — is she a? Yes, she’s an elevator operator. The mysterious circle under her hand is no futuristic handbag: it’s the lever that makes the elevator stop where it needs to, more or less aligned with a floor. Not all operators get it right. (See Davey McQuinn.)

Wikipedia has an article with some details of where elevator operators are still at work. I last rode with an elevator operator in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago. It was modern times, this past spring: no hat, no gloves, no uniform.

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comments: 2

Diane Schirf said...

The Garland Building has elevator attendants because it's hard to get to the open elevator in time along a long row. They wear suits.

Side note: The passenger elevators at The Flamingo are very small — maybe 5 people, 6 if they're a lot fitter than I am. There was a building downtown that also had tiny elevators — think it was a sports club?

Michael Leddy said...

That’d be an excellent photo series: elevator operators on the job.