Saturday, April 11, 2009

Elevator Operator

Elevator Operator

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Wayne from Vancouver Daily Photo was visiting Seattle today, and we took a ride to the Chinese Room observation deck in historic Smith Tower (which you've seen here and here). This was one of the operators of the cool old elevators with their grilled gates and all brass fixtures.

13 comments:

Bibi said...

The only time I went up the Smith Tower was with an out-of-town friend (ditto for the only time I went up the Eiffel Tower when I lived in Paris). I thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese Room and the view from the walkway. Nice of this fellow to pose for you!

--Would you believe my word verification is 'Fabcat'?!

brattcat said...

It's really beautiful to see that easy posture of human presence within the shine and polish of the hallway. Terrific balance.

Shell Sherree said...

What a beautiful lift lobby! And those signs for the lifts - gorgeous. Plus a kindly man to boot. A lovely photo, Kim.

Virginia said...

What a g reat shot. Love the way he's barely peeking out at you. The color and light is fab as always. Glad you two had fun. I hope you can keep him out of trouble for a few days!!!
V

Wayne said...

Kim kept me out of trouble for a few hours but I'm on my own now.

I think that bank of elevators was my favourite detail on the interior of Smith Tower.

Virginia said...

I smelll trouble with a capital "T"!
V

Álvaro said...

Great photo. The doors, the expresion of the man, the long corridor...I like it very much.
Greetings from Spain.

Maya said...

Awwwww, I so miss working there and seeing the elevator operators every day!

Clueless in Boston said...

I remember when most elevators had operators. I was always so jealous and thought they had really coooool jobs.

I like this picture, it has a nice, almost out of time quality about it and think it would look as good or mayve even better in b&w.

Marie-Noyale said...

What a beautiful shot...
It takes us a few years back.
I have the impression we are going to see Spencer Tracy or Cary Grant coming out of the elevators!!

Chuck Pefley said...

Hmm ... I've lived here over 40 years and never been to the Chinese room. Guess I'd better hop to it -:)

• Eliane • said...

Gorgeous elevator bank!
I like the complicity of the operator. I'm sure he must like this portrait.

offby1 said...

His name is Greg, by the way.