A series of metal plates covers one of the four interior walls of the Elevator Historical Society's newly opened museum in Long Island City. Placed in the center of the leftmost panel is founder and curator Patrick Carrajat's first acquisition, a small silver cover for an elevator interlock taken from a pile of material set to be discarded after he had helped out his father, an elevator mechanic, on a job in 1955.
"I took that home that day," he said pointing at the wall. "Sat there polishing it with Noxon until it got nicely cleaned up. And that was the beginning of a lifelong, some people call it, obsession. I don't, I don't think it's an obsession. I think it's just a great love and respect for the history of the industry that's made me a wonderful living for 50 years." More »