The Human Controllers

Collection Eight in our Hall of Humor
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More people move without incident or accident on elevators and escalators than on any other form of public transportation. Cartoonists seize upon this fact and, naturally, depicted every possible kind of erratic and inconsiderate operation. They satirized the familiar scene and the environment known by insiders and riders alike before and shortly after World War II involved passenger elevators with attendants. Those familiar with the era of operator-controlled elevators know that the friendly and omni-present — and often talkative — assistants in the car performed many functions aside from moving the car control handle back and forth. Naturally, all-too-human elevator operators became easy targets of the satirical artist.

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