An ancient fire alarm enjoys forced retirement on 8th Avenue and West 29th Street in Chelsea.

How ancient? Slope-roofed alarms like this one were only produced in 1912 and 1913. Some carried a lamp-bearing shaft at the top, while some bore a torch motif, or “ice cream cone.” After alarms began production again in 1921, the tops became flat.

Therefore we can say this one was made somewhere between 1912 and 1921 — and everything surrounding it has changed beyond comprehension.


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One Response to ENJOYING RETIREMENT, Chelsea

  1. Bob Jessen says:

    Culculus Direptoris!…Verbero Primalux!!

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