How did I have such detailed descriptions of the Lamson Room? I took pictures.
Why didn’t I include the pictures? Well, they weren’t that great. I took them with my iPhone.
But also, I was a bit embarrassed. In the picture were the Operation Instructions, but I found that when I enlarged them they were illegible. And I hadn’t stopped to read them in the actual room. In fact, I hadn’t stepped into the room.
Today the door was open again.
They had been drilling, I think; the floor had plaster dust on it. But they were on lunch break. So I stepped in a little, leaving prints in the dust. I had to hold the door open. But I leaned forward and got a photo of the instructions.
Lamson made more than one kind of machine. They’re famous for their tubes, but this was something different. And in fact, I had been wondering. There were no actual tube ends to see. All behind the sliding doors?
No. This Lamson is a “selective vertical conveyor.”
In case you can’t read the instructions in the image, this is what they say:
SELECTIVE VERTICAL CONVEYOR
CAUTION MOVING MACHINERY BEYOND FIRE DOORS
KEEP HANDS CLEAR
LOAD CONTENTS ENTIRELY INSIDE THE CONTAINER
PLACE THE CONTAINER ON CONVEYOR LOAD PLATFORM
PRESS DISPATCH BUTTON
DO NOT RE-DIAL AFTER PRESSING DISPATCH BUTTON
DO NOT REMOVE CONTAINER FROM INSIDE CONVEYOR OPENING AFTER PRESSING DISPATCH BUTTON
IF CONVEYOR MALFUNCTIONS CALL MAINTENANCE
So. I did not quite accurately convey the nature of the machine. I went down the tubes a bit. But I have now elevated your awareness.
This Lamson is, in fact, a kind of corporate dumbwaiter. Like a servant waiting in his room for you to call him: “Lamson! Take these documents up to the thirteenth floor!”