National Affairs: Elevators Not Running

For five and a half days—a full working week—hundreds of thousands of Manhattan's skyscraper office workers were grounded. In 2,100 buildings, 16,600 elevator operators and service employes were out on strike.

It took only the first hour to make Manhattan realize the importance of elevators in its vertical, hurly-burly business life. While workers twiddled their thumbs, some nervously, some happily, mail and express packages piled up. Postal men knelt in the littered lobbies and handed out mail to clerks and executives they knew; express agencies had to halt deliveries. There was little extensive...