1933: Endless Chain of Cars

Sources: Hedrich Blessing / Illinois Digital Archives

4 Responses

  1. Sir Ray

    The display may not have actually moved like the 1933 veresion, but apparently there was a display of autos in a similar “glass” tower in Chicago relatively recently:

    Volvo of Oak Park Reveals Chicago’s First Glass Tower of Cars

    IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Last week, Chicago VIPs gathered at Volvo of Oak Park for a dazzling celebration to introduce the area’s newest architectural landmark, visible from the Eisenhower Expressway. Spotlights lit up Chicago’s first-ever tower of cars, a vertical showcase displaying seven Volvos in glass cases stacked on top of one another.”

    Considering the Volvo display was in 2006…I guess Volvo was only 73 years too late to be the “First Chicago Glass Tower of Cars”

  2. John R.

    Not sure I understand … when a car gets to the top, does it move over and then descend? In other words, is it a continuous “chain” with two columns of cars next to each other, one ascending and one descending? I *think* I see only one column in the photo, but I can’t be sure.

  3. Kemonojin

    The bottom picture shows a car about half the height of a nearby door off the ground, so I think it’s more just ‘goes up and down’ about the height of the bottom building.


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