Little Joe and His Mentor

Collection Three in Elevator World’s Hall of Humor

by William C. Sturgeon

The name “Chivers” on a cartoon indicated that an elevator constructor was also an expert with pen and ink. Syd Chivers had been an installer for Otis and Express Lift in both the United Kingdom and South Africa before moving to Hollywood, California, and a career in commercial art. For many years, the authentic environment depicted in his sketches indicated a graphic artist who also had grease, as well as ink, on his hands. The International Union of Elevator Constructors required that two men be used on a job, and the old-time mechanic and bumbling helper, Joe, became a familiar pair within the pages of ELEVATOR WORLD.

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