Posts Tagged ‘department stores’

  • The History of the Elevator is About Innovation and Economic Growth

    Elevator Economics

    Dec 6, 12 • 455 Views • No Comments

    Where would we be without the elevator? To deliver a bed, sometimes you need an elevator. It is easy now…but not during the mid-19th century. When a bed company mechanic, Elisha Graves Otis, was asked to create a freight elevator, he knew he had to...  [read more]

  • Packaging can shape a buying decision.

    When Did We Become Shoppers?

    Aug 12, 12 • 2646 Views • No Comments

    Who would have thought that the elevator helped us become shoppers! In Made in America, Bill Bryson tells us that the safety elevator enabled stores to expand upward. And having multiple floors meant we could have department stores. We have to travel back to...  [read more]

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    Temperature Matters

    Jul 12, 12 • 339 Views • No Comments

    Shot on July 2, 1881, President Garfield lay dying in a room with the first air conditioner.  Naval engineers, whose primary expertise was ventilating mining shafts, had been called in to help the ailing leader. The cooling device they assembled was composed...  [read more]