Archive for February, 2010

Elevator Operator Safety Pin

Elevator Operator Safety Pin

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Found this one for sale over on ebay. Currently at 18 bids and $103.80 this one is a hot item. I’m not sure if it’s popular because it’s linked to Studebaker or Elevators, but one thing is certain, it’s a cool piece of elevator memorabilia.

If only this pin could talk, the stories it might tell.

Description of Item: Pre 1954 Studebaker Corporation Employees Badge – Elevator Operator. No 159. “Safety First” “South Bend, Ind”. Excellent condition. Original pin

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Elevator Artwork!

Elevator Artwork!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Jack Bultman Jr, stopped in recently at C.J. Anderson & Company  and was suprised to have seen an old CJA Car Switch hanging on the wall here in the office. He stopped and said that he had one that looked amazingly similar and that his Dad, Jack Sr, had made a lamp out of it.  Without hesitation I asked Jack to take photographs of it and e-mail them to me.

Along the photos Jack added the following history behind it.

 

The background for this unique piece was my Dad worked at Lietelt elevator works in Grand Rapids Michigan from 1959 until 1960 building the controllers for Montgomery Elevator. One day the construction Super talked him into going to work for them.

Dave Otten gave me, Jack Jr.,  the fixture in 1996 to give to my dad.  My Dad built the lamp in 1998. When my dad past away in 1999 my mother gave it to me to keep in the family. Underneath it is my dad’s original gang box that Montgomery gave him to work out of. I remember as a kid the thing always being in our garage somewhere piled high with junk. My dad made it into a table as you see there around the same time as the lamp.

All I can say is very cool!  I hope this piece stays in the Bultman family but if you’re ever looking for another home for it please let us know.

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