Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sidewalk Elevator - "Hot Water" - 1924

It’s been a long time since we featured that wonderful invention and movie prop, the sidewalk elevator. Not seen since this post from nearly three years ago. Three years without another sidewalk elevator?! It’s been agonizing, hasn’t it?

I’ve been searching for one (high and low, you might say), and constantly came up empty time after time. Even “Shane”, from last week’s post, surprisingly, did not feature a sidewalk elevator.

At last, our dry spell is over. Here is the reliable Harold Lloyd in “Hot Water” (1924). The proud owner of a new auto, he takes it for a spin, and as you can see in this series of captures, accidentally parks on a sidewalk elevator.

Enjoy. Now I have to go look for another one.


Fred said...

I googled "sidewalk elevator" and came up with, in Ware, MA. They claim to be the world's largest manufacturer of sidewalk elevators. They also make that other favorite, dumbwaiters.

Raquel Stecher said...

Have you tried some Laurel & Hardy films? I believe Liberty (1929) has a sidewalk elevator but I'm not sure it counts because it's part of a construction site. I feel like I've seen elevators several times in L&H movies. Good luck!

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thanks for the info, Fred. I'm just going to have to take a field trip to Ware one of these days.

Raquelle, to the purist, a construction site elevator doesn't count, but I know what you mean about having that feeling you've seen sidewalk elevators a lot. I'll have to chase some Laurel & Hardy films and see what the boys give us.

Yvette said...

I remember these from my days as a kid playing like a wild banshee on the streets of New York. We used to roller skate downhill to the entrance of the Hudson Tunnel - I kid you not. How we survived, I'll never know. But the sidewalk elevator was our bete noir. We avoided those metal double doors like the plague.

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Oh, dear, you had me laughing with this one, Yvette. Harold Lloyd had nothing on you.

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