Eiffel Tower

EIFFEL TOWER PARIS — One of the marvels of the recent Paris Exposition was this light yet massive tower, reaching a height attained by nothing else of human workmanship upon the surface of our globe. Unbounded ridicule was at first heaped upon the architect who dared propose to erect such a construction in the center of a city which is so beautiful and artistic. Critics declared that such an unsightly object would injure Paris, as much as a positive deformity would a human being. Others maintained that it would be dangerous. Most people thought that it was at least a waste of money. All these predictions failed of verification. The monument was built to a height of 985 feet above the Seine. Far from being a hideous structure, as was prophesied, it is remarkably light, graceful and well proportioned. Nor have any bad results ensued either to the Parisians or to M. Eiffel. During the Exposition nothing was more popular than a trip up the Eiffel Tower, and it proved a “mint of money” to its owners. For the colossal shaft was utilized not merely as a point where glorious views could be obtained, but on the first of its great platforms, 376 feet from the ground, were restaurants and cafes, where several hundred people could be accommodated at one time. The second platform, used chiefly for observation, has a height of 863 feet. That seemed quite high enough to most travelers, but if they wished to complete the ascent, they could be transported by elevators over one hundred feet higher still, whence Paris looked like an immense child’s-puzzle spread out in dwarf-like figures far below. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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