9 Revolutionary Elevators From The Otis Elevator Company

Happy 160th birthday, Otis Elevator Company! Thanks for making modern cities possible. Here are the 9 coolest Otis elevator inventions from the Popular Science archive.

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Elisha Otis, inventor of the world’s first elevator safety brake, founded the Otis Elevator Company 160 years ago today. The innovative company has not only made skyscrapers (and thus modern cities) possible–it’s also brought us conveniences like the first elevator car park and the first computer-controlled elevator. Check out the gallery for nine of the greatest Otis inventions from the Popular Science archives.