The Elevator Operator II Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Elevator Operator II Original Mixed Media Painting

1,400.00

18x36 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper, kraft paper, graphite on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features an elevator operator. Elevators were first envisioned by Archimedes in 236 BC. His design featured a hemp rope and was rider-powered. In the industrial era, elevators were first used to move goods in bulk (starting in coal mines) and were primarily steam-powered. Many ingenious versions followed aimed at moving people, with the closest relative to our modern elevator being invented by Elisha Otis in 1852. In the early days, most elevators were controlled by elevator operators, as they had no automatic floor positioning and were manually controlled. The automated button system we use today was invented in the early 1900s and its adoption was aided by striking elevator operators in 1945, the addition of an emergency call and stop button, and a soothing explanatory automated voice. Elevator operators soon thereafter became a novelty in most buildings.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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