At the 1880 Mannheim Industrial Exhibition at Mannheim, Germany, Siemens and Halske Company installed an electric elevator, which transported passengers to the top of an observation tower.
- Who Invented the Elevator? – Gizmodo
The electric elevator was patented by Alexander Miles in 1887, though one had been built by the German inventor Werner von Siemens in 1880. Otis’ safety hoist wasn’t the end of safety innovation, either.
- The Electric Elevator – Engineering and Technology History Wiki
In 1880, Werner von Siemens demonstrated the first electric powered elevator at the Mannheim Pfalzgau exhibition.
- Elevator – Wikipedia
An elevator (US and Canada) or lift (UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa) is a type of vertical transportation that moves people or goods between floors (levels, decks) of a building, vessel, or other structure.
- Elevator History | Columbia Elevator – Elevator Cabs, Entrances and …
Rudimentary elevators, or hoists, were in use during the Middle Ages and can be traced back to the third century BC.
- Siemens History Site – News – First electric elevator
It must have been a real adventure for the visitors of the Mannheim trade exhibition: they rode up a temporary viewing tower on an open platform without being able to see what was moving it.