This is a photo of the famous wooden escalators in the Macy’s Department Store (Herald Square) in New York City. This escalator was built and installed in 1902 and Macy’s is considered the first building in the world to house the modern day escalator. It is also believed to be one of the last working wooden escalators in the world, although while doing some research, I found information on a working set in the London Underground’s Greenford Station.
Are these the only two sets of wooden escalators left in the world that are in working condition? Please tell us if you know of any more that are in operation or if you know of any other unique forms of vertical transportation that are out there. We would love to feature them on this blog. Regardless, these surely are historical forms of our great industry.