Social Media

Where are the elevator operators?

Are there still any elevator operators in existence? Y’know, that dude that would be in the elevator and upon entering you say, “14th floor please.” When did those guys start losing their jobs? It’s like the caboose on trains. The caboose disappeared in the mid 1980s once railroads like the Union Pacific adopted use of the “End of Train” or “EOT” devices.

21 Responses to Where are the elevator operators?

  1. Tom Saaristo April 5, 2005 at 7:59 am #

    I believe the Garland Building still has them, but then again, it’s been a while since I’ve been in the Garland Building … [maybe 2 years since going to Heaven on Seven with a friend”>.

  2. unlikelymoose April 5, 2005 at 10:19 am #

    wasn’t it much more difficult operate elevators in the old days… with cranks and switches and stuff?

  3. lwells April 5, 2005 at 11:30 am #

    i saw a caboose the other day… on a really short freight train… it was zipping by a really long freight train.

  4. Matt Maldre April 5, 2005 at 7:34 pm #

    tom, Heaven on Seven? the cajun place? they got (or used to have) an elevator with a elevator operator? Really? You sure it wasn’t just someone pretending to be an elevator operator? That would be fun. Go up and down for maybe 30 minutes or so and pretend. Get all dressed up like the dude in the photo of this post.

  5. Tom Saaristo April 6, 2005 at 3:25 am #

    Yes! The Garland Building! I now remember that many years ago they had elevator operators in the elevators. After a while, the elevator operator was still employed, but wouldn’t ride the elevator. He would only push the buttons … which is kinda weird. He would push the button to call the elevator, get everybody in the car and ask which floors they were going to and push the respective buttons then get out before the doors closed! If you think about it, it’s almost like their jobs were being phased out even then. I think you would love playing “elevator operator”, Spud! It would really appeal to the button pusher in you!! :^P

  6. Alva June 5, 2006 at 9:38 pm #

    Has any one seen or knows of an old A B See elevator with a pedistal operator instead of buttons on a control panel? If so where? Thanks

  7. Chris July 12, 2006 at 3:06 am #

    There are still elvator operators in the larger department stores in Japan. Usually a young lady in a cute uniform with a with a had. Over there they have jobs for all kinds a little things you used to have in America. It was a pleasant experience over in Japan. I really wish we had those kinds of jobs still. It put a nice little personal touch on things.

  8. Linda May 15, 2007 at 9:39 am #

    They still exist in NYC public schools. They operate elevators for students.

  9. Matt Maldre May 15, 2007 at 9:48 am #

    Thanks Linda! That’s really neat that NYC still plays it old school. I’m assuming the pratical purpose is that so the kids don’t goof around or do anything bad in the elevators.

  10. jackie June 29, 2007 at 8:15 pm #

    There is still an elevator operator in Warren Ohio at the Chase towers building.

  11. Matt Maldre June 29, 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    Jackie, would you be able to snap of photo of this elevator operator? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. :-)

  12. Jackie July 2, 2007 at 5:49 am #

    I sure can. My boyfriend is the operator.

  13. Anonymous August 28, 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    Alva — If you are still watching this thread, I live in a residential building in Washington DC that has a manually-operated A B See elevator. We don’t have a dedicated operator, but our front desk staff have the duty to run the elevator in addition to minding the door. Contact me at james_holm (at) msn dot com if you are interested in photos of our elevator. — JSH

  14. S OSBORNE January 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm #


  15. Lindsey July 17, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    There still are elevator operators at the Calgary Public Building in Calgary, Canada. We love them, super friendly.

  16. craig July 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    i run an elevator in the Ansonia building in NY thats been in operation since 1902. its manual and has a big A B See panel on the front with years of paint over it. im sure if you scrubbed the paint it would reveal some nice brass finish but theres no time for that. if your in town lemme know and you can come check it out.

  17. Ben Nelson September 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    The Kansas State Capital Building (in Topeka Kansas) renovation will be completed (several hundred million dollars) in a little over a year. The original elevaor with an operator who manually opens the door has been restored and is operational. The Capital Building was rebuilt to be true to its original design of the 1860s and early 1900s when it was completed. The renovated capital is a must visit site for anyone remotely near Topeka.

  18. dave September 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    We still Have an elevator operator in Klamath Falls Oregon at the historic Oregon bank building. It is beleved that the elevator is the last one on the west coast. It is in original condition from 1930.

  19. Matt Maldre September 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Dave, that’s so cool! Do you know how long he’s been working in that building in Oregon?

  20. dave September 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    The elevator has been manualy operated since 1930 non stop I was just hired to operate it and its the coolest job I have ever had. There is something about having to close the outer doors manualy then the gate on the inside and turning the handle that engages that fantastic machine up and down that just gives me a real threal. Its also challenging to get the floor to line up with the floor of the elevator its sometimes like an Lucy episode.

  21. dave September 16, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    The elevator has been running ever since 1930. I was hired last month and I have been having a blast. its a real challenge to get the floor to line up with the floor plate of the lift. Somtimes I feel like a Lucy episode “please step up” “please step down”. I’m getting better at it I can push the excellerator bar just enough to line up everything just about even now.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes