Freight Elevators of a Different Kind

When you hear the words “Freight Elevators”, you may invasion the larger than normal elevators moving skids of product from one floor to the next, come to mind. But you would be totally wrong to thing thats what they were at first.

In the 1st Century, a Roman Architect and Military Engineer by the name of Marcus Vilruvius Pollio, who described them as Platforms raised by pulley system or windlasses. These platforms were used to hoist loads of construction Materials to upper levels.

      25 CE
      Marcus Vilruvius Pollio
      Roman Architect and Military Engineer

Additional Information:

  • Windlass – Wikipedia
    The windlass is an apparatus for moving heavy weights. Typically, a windlass consists of a horizontal cylinder (barrel), which is rotated by the turn of a crank or belt.
  • BBC – A History of the World – Object : Medieval Builders’ Windlass
    This amazing object was used over 600 years ago in the building of Chesterfield’s famous Crooked Spire church. If you’ve ever wondered how churches, cathedrals, and castles could be built without modern cranes, here’s your answer.

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