August 23rd, 2009

Set

Elevators in the 1920s

I have a story taking place in the 1920s. I'm trying to find out when they switched from elevator doors you could look out of (iron grilles/wooden slats and the like) to one you can't see out of, like most modern elevators. I Googled "elevators" and found a lot of interesting information, including the wikipedia article about elevators, but didn't find what I was looking for. Help please? Thanks in advance!

Edit: I suppose I should have been more clear. I have a scene where one character arrives in a steampunk sort of space elevator (and so *needs* to be sealed), I was just asking the above question to try to figure out how surprised his friend should be upon seeing a sealed elevator. Trying to figure out if a sealed, modern-type elevator door would make the friend be puzzled at first or not.
Quill Pen

Injury to warrant removal of clothing

Setting: modern-day Cardiff (Torchwood fic)

I did try using Google for the treatment of a broken leg (the kind of injury I was originally going to use), but the only thing I could find was what someone should do after calling an ambulance. I used 'treatment of a broken leg', 'how to treat a broken leg', and 'emergency room procedure for a broken leg'. The last didn't quite fit the situation I'm working through, but it's close enough.

The basic situation is this: The main character is chasing after someone (possibly an alien, though this isn't entirely relevant to the question I have) and at some point during the chase, MC is injured. Because MC and the rest of the team aren't that far from the base, they opt for taking MC back to the base to treat the injury there instead of taking him to a local hospital.

What I'm looking for: Part of the premise for this fic is that, during the treatment of the injury, it is discovered that MC is trans, so what I need is an injury that wouldn't be bad enough to warrant calling an ambulance, but that would require MC's clothing to be at least partially removed for treatment. It doesn't matter what part of MC's body is injured.
too many bunnies

Were 17th century oil paintings ever taken off their stretcher?

I'm writing a story about an oil painting forgery ring contemporary to Caravaggio and Rembrant.  For the purpose of my story, the hero has found a bundle of rolled up forgeries in an old shack in rural France.

My question for the historical purists:  would an oil painting (or a lot of forgeries), once completed, been taken off it's stretcher for ease of transport during this time period?  Or would it have been transported on the stretcher?