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  • What: First escalator

  • Where: United States

The first inclined moving stairway was invented and installed by Jesse W Reno (USA) in 1891 as a pleasure ride at Coney Island, New York , USA. This device had a vertical rise of 2.1 m (7 ft), an inclination of 25° and a speed of 22.8 m (75 ft) per minute. Reno later sold this machine to the Otis Elevator Company in 1899, and together they produced the first commercial escalator.

Jesse Reno's initial moving stairway invention in 1891 was more of an inclined bicycle. The bold rider sat astride whereas the more gentile lady was expected to ride "sidesaddle." This device, installed by Reno as a pleasure ride at Coney Island in Brooklyn, had a vertical rise of seven feet, an inclination of 25 degrees and a speed of 75 feet per minute.


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