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Parking Spaces Old Style!

    • 181 posts
    February 1, 2016 6:37 PM EST

    Did you know that it was common for folks to park in some very odd vertical spaces like this way back when?

    Here is a great article about it with some stunning images!

     

    Retronaut

    Partial Quote....

    The invention and rapid adoption of the automobile at the turn of the 20th century presented an immediate problem: where to park so many vehicles, especially in dense urban areas.

    Above-ground and subterranean parking garages allowed multiple levels of vehicle parking, but resulted in footprints with much empty space.

    The first foray into space-saving automatic parking systems was the Garage Rue de Ponthieu in Paris, which in 1905 unveiled an internal elevator which could lift cars to different levels to be parked by attendants.

     

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    • 61 posts
    February 1, 2016 7:39 PM EST

    How interesting!  Here is another pic of an 'elevator garage' in New York from the same article.

    c. 1920

    An elevator parking lot in New York.

    IMAGE: FPG/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES