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Eiffel Tower Lift Machinery, 1889
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Eiffel Tower lift machinery. The Eiffel Tower (300 metres high) opened at the Universal Exposition (World Fair) of 1889, in Paris, France. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world at the time, but lifts along the curved lower legs were needed to reach the first level. French Roux-Combaluzier cable-driven lifts were used in the East and West legs, while American Otis lifts were used in the North and South legs. Shown here is a Roux-Combaluzier lift, capable of transporting 100 people at a speed of 1 metre per second. These lifts were not as efficient as the Otis lifts, and were replaced some 11 years later. Photograph attributed to Napoleon Dufeu.
March 7th, 2014
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