In doing some research about an unusual photo postcard in our archives of the 1900Universal Exposition in Paris, France, I always wondered about the story behind this card.

We tend to think that many marvels of engineering are from the later half of the 20th Century, this one dates right before the start of it. The title at the bottom of the card (shown above) Le Trottoir Roulant, literally means “moving sidewalk“. Translated into our modern idiosyncratic language, it means escalator not alligator!

Actual film footage titled Rue de l’Avenir et le Trottoir Roulant (Edison Moving Sidewalk 1900 Paris) of the moving sidewalk was uploaded to youtube on July 26, 2014 by Aurelien Talbot and can be seen below. Thank you Aurelien! We really appreciate your work.

I didn’t comprehend the expression Trottoir Roulant either, until I read the following book, The Triumph of Art…

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