When the 1st escalator was installed riders were given brandy at the top it was so terrifying htt…

When the 1st escalator was installed riders were given brandy at the top it was so terrifying htt…

On Wednesday, November 16th, 1898, Harrods department store in London opened up the first escalator — or moving staircase as it was called — in England. The first escalator-like machine in the world had actually been patented many decades before in the US , but this was the first real application in England and likely one of the first in the world. At the end of the 1800s, this was a big deal. Victorian England had never seen or experienced anything like this before and people were genuinely concerned about its use. More specifically, people worried what such a rapid change in elevation would do to the body. It was believed that it could discombobulate your inner workings. People were unnerved. Which is why when it was first introduced at Harrods, people were offered brandy and other substances at the top of the escalator in order “to revive them after their ordeal .” Ridi...

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