Unreliable Ropes

Collection 13 in our Hall of Humor

by William C. Sturgeon


If sinking the plunger was a bugaboo with the hydraulic elevator installation, the traction elevator had its own cross to bear —¬†periodic hoist-rope replacement. Cartoonists could easily concoct all manner of improbable situations concerning these reliable elevator supports. Even though an exceedingly high safety factor was designed into hoist ropes (one of the five or six ropes can support the car and occupants) and frequent inspections made, the cartoonist saw only the inconceivable when hoist ropes became his subject! How else could it be?

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