Weird Vintage Untitled Document

People have been using pulley systems to haul things since ancient times (there’s records of animals being brought to coliseums in this fashion in 80 A.D. for gladiator fights).  However, it wasn’t until 1896 when the modern escalator was designed by Jesse Reno.  He created an “inclined elevator” as a novelty ride by the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island. Passengers traveled on a conveyor belt at a 25 degree angle.  This photograph was taken a few years later, in the early 1900s.  (via Astor Place Vintage)

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