Posted 4 years ago
This heavy brass panel was the in-car controls for an elevator in a bank building (maybe from the 1930's?) which was razed in the late 1970's. It features pushbuttons for floors 1 and 2 plus OPEN DOOR and ALARM and toggle switches for FAN, LIGHT OFF, and EMERGENCY STOP, plus a keyswitch for CAR TOP INSP(ection?) OFF and a 1/4" phone jack, both probably for use by elevator technicians. All the various parts and switches are complete and intact behind the roughly 8"x13" brass panel (itself about 1/8" thick) attached to a stamped steel inner chassis, the brass panel with 4 pushbuttons (only) is removable from the chassis with the three brass phillips-head screws. I do not now know (if I ever did) who actually manufactured the elevator.
SEE PART 2 posting, for pics of the switchgear behind the panel. I also have one matching external 'call button' station from the same elevator -- I'll add pictures of it soon too.