Vertical Lift Escalator Paternoster: a Cultural History of Vertical Transport

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The elevator is today considered a safe and modern means of transportation which even a child can operate and which everyone uses as a matter of course. However, the enthusiasm for the vertical movement, for the "earth-bound ascension" still influences the creative works of architects, writers, artists and film-makers. In the 1920s, the literati spoke of the "roaring lift of time" and thus captured in words a new "American" way of life. The fascination with the vertical movement inspired directors to make films which were ...

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