"A Block is a pulley or a system of pulleys rotating on a pintle mounted in its frame or shell with its band and strap. There are many kinds of blocks, as a pulley block, a fiddle block, a fish block, a fly block, a heart block, a hook block, etc. A block and tackle is the block and the rope rove through it, for hoisting or obtaining a purchase."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Block and Tackle

"A Block is a pulley or a system of pulleys rotating on a pintle mounted in its frame or shell with…

"Combinations of pulleys are made in great variety. In the forms most commonly used, one continuous cord passes around all the pulleys. Frequently two or more sheaves are mounted in the same block and turn on the same axis, as in the common block and tackle." — Avery, 1895

Block and tackle

"Combinations of pulleys are made in great variety. In the forms most commonly used, one continuous…

"Riding-boom. A boat-boom or long spar working in a hinge or goose-neck, designed to be lowered from abreast the fore-rigging to a horizontal position at right angles with the keel of the vessel ... a, life-line; b, lift; c, riding-boom; d, rope ladder; e, outhaul; f, after-boom guy." -Whitney, 1911

Riding Boom

"Riding-boom. A boat-boom or long spar working in a hinge or goose-neck, designed to be lowered…

An elevator or lift is a vertical transport vehicle that efficiently moves people or goods between floors of a building. They are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables and counterweight systems, or pump hydraulic fluid to raise a cylindrical piston.

Elevator Car

An elevator or lift is a vertical transport vehicle that efficiently moves people or goods between floors…

A small crane used for lifting.

Crane

A small crane used for lifting.

A crane is a lifting machine, generally equipped with a winder, wire ropes or chains and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally. It uses one or more simple machines to create mechanical advantage and thus move loads beyond the normal capability of a human. Cranes are commonly employed in the transport industry for the loading and unloading of freight, in the construction industry for the movement of materials and in the manufacturing industry for the assembling of heavy equipment.

Crane for Lifting Cars

A crane is a lifting machine, generally equipped with a winder, wire ropes or chains and sheaves, that…

A diagram illustrating an elevator or a lift used by Landis Company. The counter weights are adjusted on the pulley to raise or lower the lift the platform.

Lift or Elevator Diagram

A diagram illustrating an elevator or a lift used by Landis Company. The counter weights are adjusted…

"In the differential pulley, an endless chain is reeved upon a solid wheel that has two grooved rims and is carried in a fixed block above, and upon a pulley below." — Avery, 1895

Differential Pulley

"In the differential pulley, an endless chain is reeved upon a solid wheel that has two grooved rims…

The first reference to an elevator is in the works of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who reported that Archimedes built his first elevator, probably in 236 BC. In some literary sources of later historical periods, elevators were mentioned as cabs on a hemp rope and powered by hand or by animals. It is supposed that elevators of this type were installed in the Sinai monastery of Egypt.

Elevating Apparatus

The first reference to an elevator is in the works of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who reported that…

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

Elevator, Black and White

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

Elevator, Black and White

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

Elevator, Black and White

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

Elevator, Color

This sign is used to indicate that an elevator is located nearby.

Instrument to pull off boots; a boot-jack

Jack

Instrument to pull off boots; a boot-jack

A portable machine, variously constructed, for raising great weights.

Jack

A portable machine, variously constructed, for raising great weights.

Tool for exerting pressure or lifting

Lifting Jack

Tool for exerting pressure or lifting

"The Lift Hammer." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Lift Hammer

"The Lift Hammer." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

A utensil used for lifting and handling hot pans.

Hot Pan Lifter

A utensil used for lifting and handling hot pans.

An illustration of a group of men lifting a body off the ground.

Men Lifting Body

An illustration of a group of men lifting a body off the ground.

A man using a pulley to lift a heavy barrel.

Pulley

A man using a pulley to lift a heavy barrel.

"A pulley is a grooved wheel, around which a rope is passed, and is either fixed or moveable." — Goodrich, 1844

Pulley

"A pulley is a grooved wheel, around which a rope is passed, and is either fixed or moveable." —…

"The pulley is a lever with equal arms of the first or second class, but, when it moves. the attachments of the forces are moved. The underlying fact that enables the pulley to afford any mechanical advantage is the uniformity of the tension of the cord in all of its parts, the pulley itself serving only to diminish the friction." — Avery, 1895

Pulley

"The pulley is a lever with equal arms of the first or second class, but, when it moves. the attachments…

"The lift pump or suction-pump consists of a cylinder or barrel, piston, two valves, and a suction pipe, the lower end of which dips below the surface of the liquid to be raised." — Avery, 1895

Lift pump

"The lift pump or suction-pump consists of a cylinder or barrel, piston, two valves, and a suction pipe,…

This drawing depicts the use of a sail where perpendicularly placed so that opposing wind provides the necessary thrust to move the vessel.

Lift Sail

This drawing depicts the use of a sail where perpendicularly placed so that opposing wind provides the…

"An apparatus for lifting heavy bodies a short distance." — Williams, 1889

Screw-jack

"An apparatus for lifting heavy bodies a short distance." — Williams, 1889

"In railroad construction and canal- or road-work, a large scooping bucket armed with teeth and used with a steam-shovel or operated by power by means of chains that drag the bucket over or through loose material, causing it to scoop up a load." -Whitney, 1911

Shovel Bucket

"In railroad construction and canal- or road-work, a large scooping bucket armed with teeth and used…

"Steam Hammer." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Steam Hammer

"Steam Hammer." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Tilt Hammer." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Tilt Hammer

"Tilt Hammer." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Devices for lifting water are older than written history, and various forms of pumps are used on almost every farm in the country, every citizen being familiar with a number of ways of lifting water."—Government Printing Office, 1897

Homemade Jumbo Windmill

"Devices for lifting water are older than written history, and various forms of pumps are used on almost…