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Peter: 22nd Nov 2005 - 21:13 GMT
ha! look what i was just about to post when i saw your entry:
awesome find! i see so many of those, but 99%+ of them are disused, and lack the box on top... only the stubby red base remains, capped off. apparently, back in the day, they communicated via telegraph, believe it or not...
i urge you to capture as much of this quickly disappearing urban minutia before its too late...
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 22nd Nov 2005 - 21:24 GMT
It's freaky that you were about to post your pic! I've had this in my files for a while and just hadn't got round to putting it up. These alarm boxes range from the really beautiful to the utilitarian. This one is lovely, check out the scrollwork.
Peter: 22nd Nov 2005 - 21:27 GMT
i knew you must have saved this one to post, as yesterday's weather was nothing like that in your photo, sadly ;)
yes! you have a good eye for interesting details... its always nice to see the random stuff you pass a million times yet never really look at...
Jamie: 30th Nov 2005 - 10:28 GMT
whilst randomly stumbling through flickr, i found this series of photos flickr.com/photos/tags/sidewalkaltar/. a new lease of life for disused fire alarm boxes.
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 30th Nov 2005 - 14:17 GMT
Fantastic link, thanks! I love that the old fire alarms have a second life as altars.
Peter: 30th Nov 2005 - 15:51 GMT
that last link reminded me of the avenue a shrine (oldskool citynoise).
also: another disused pullbox, across hte street from the atlantic yards:
Peter: 2nd Dec 2005 - 14:51 GMT
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 6th Dec 2005 - 05:37 GMT
Sorry, It was a very obscure reference. Silkwood is a movie about Karen Silkwood (played by Meryl Streep) who worked at a very unsafe nuclear power plant. She was contaminated with plutonium. During one scene, Meryl and Cher have to go through a horrible decontamination in a shower where they have to scrub themselves raw.
ian: 6th Dec 2005 - 07:08 GMT
Radioisotopes are wonderful things. Their decay brings about our decay, yet, they have taught us so much about life, chemistry, and the nature of the universe. I exhalt them, on a mighty altar, in a chalice of Boron tubes to shield us from the glory of their neutrons.
ian: 6th Dec 2005 - 07:12 GMT
ps. that movie sounds like anti-nuclear fear-mongering. I'd probably just become irritated and frustrated if I watch it. Of course, fear sells. How else would we have conquered the majestic oil fields of the Persian Gulf but for a bearded bogeyman ready to snatch away our Lindbergh babies. In fact, I have quite a beard myself.
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 6th Dec 2005 - 15:21 GMT
Beards are great. You can keep badgers, babies and boron tubes in them.
Unfortunately Silkwood was based on a true story. She was inexplicably contaminated whilst working at the Kerr-McGee's plutonium fuels production plant in Crescent, Oklahoma. She also died very suspiciously in a car crash as she was gathering evidence of negligence to take to the union.
Peter: 6th Dec 2005 - 15:30 GMT
i love silkwood. though that shower decon scene is rather terrifying.
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 15th Dec 2005 - 22:31 GMT
Fire alarm box with a torch motif on 64th and 3rd ave.
on the juice 90: 6th Feb 2006 - 06:12 GMT
the land of oz is a very funny place where everyone wheres a funny funny face,all the streets are paved with gold n no one ever grows old in that funny place called the land of oz.and thats what i have to say about pull box's.take that waxman..........
Peter: 24th Feb 2006 - 19:57 GMT
i found some more oldskool ones in prospect heights, what with the torch/ice-cream finial atop:
elaine: 25th Feb 2006 - 15:03 GMT
ganked with permission - and if you wanna see more this is his website
Peter: 31st May 2006 - 14:27 GMT
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 19th Jul 2006 - 18:26 GMT
Oldstyle with flame. I think the first one is a flamebot.
AnthonyP: 1st Sep 2006 - 03:32 GMT
Does anyone know where you can buy old obsolete NYC fireboxes? preferably with the torch!
Franny Wentzel: 31st Mar 2010 - 14:14 GMT
Ours have a little light on top...
The light cover is plastic.
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