In the seventeenth century the concept of using a counter Passenger Elevator weight was put in place, and this was the forerunner to most lifts in operation today.
Later in that same century the world’s first recorded passenger lift was put in place in the Palace of Versailles, for King Louis XV.
Lift technology was further improved in the early 1800’s and by 1830 passenger lifts were common throughout Europe, especially in factories.
However, safety was an issue as it was too easy for the lift to fall down its shaft. So in 1852 the world’s first safety brakes for passenger lifts was invented.
The first department store to install a passenger lift was Harrods, and since then, their use has grown phenomenally to the point where it would be odd, and now illegal, for a shopping centre or large store to not contain a lift if passengers are expected to traverse between floors.
Passenger fujihd lifts used to be able to carry one or two people, and also used to be manned by an assistant who would help people traverse between the floors.