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Title: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: efd499 on February 22, 2002, 06:04:39 PM
Would like to see pictures of street boxes in days
gone bye Era's.
Title: New York Alarm Box
Post by: Box 2565 on April 15, 2002, 11:28:04 PM
This photo was taken on April 12, 2002 and shows a typical FDNY ERS street box. Box 26 is located at Old Slip ' South Streets in Manhattan.

(http://home.fuse.net/stemel/FDNY-Box26.JPG)
Title: Mansfield, Ohio
Post by: Box 2565 on June 19, 2002, 03:38:49 PM
Mansfield, Ohio
Box 515  East 4th & North Adams

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/MFD-515.jpg)
Title: FDNY Alarm Box
Post by: Box 2565 on August 20, 2002, 10:55:11 PM
This pole mounted box at Exchange ' Williams Streets in New York has a message attached to the front indicating that the box is out of service.  Can anyone identify the YFD BB member in the photo?

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/FDNY-OOS.JPG)
Title: Washington PA
Post by: Box 2565 on September 26, 2002, 10:47:24 PM
Washington, Pennsylvania has numerous street boxes around town.  Many of them are located on the grounds of Washington ' Jefferson College as the box shown below is.

Box 943  Wheeling Avenue Chemistry Bldg

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/IM000740.jpg)
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Erie_Gamewell on September 28, 2002, 08:40:55 PM
Hello here is a picture of box 568 protecting East 38th and Pine Ave in the City of Erie,Pa

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/MVC-004S.JPG)
Title: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on October 24, 2002, 11:28:36 PM
Mansfield, Ohio
Box 632
Diamond & Arch Streets

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/MFD-632.JPG)
Title: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on November 15, 2002, 02:37:41 AM
This English postcard view shows a Fire Alarm Telephone.

Photo via eBay.

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/FireAlarmPhone.jpg)
Title: Re:Alarm box street scenes
Post by: efd499 on November 22, 2002, 09:58:25 PM
FDNY box Sept.8 2001

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/FDNY_FIREBOX.JPG)
Title: Re:Alarm box street scenes
Post by: PFD1 on December 03, 2002, 12:37:22 PM
Alarm box in front of Engine 98's house in Chicago. 12-02

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/Dsc00272.jpg)
Title: Re:Alarm box street scenes
Post by: PFD1 on December 05, 2002, 10:27:08 AM
This is a box that supplies land communications to the fire boat at Chicago's Navy Pier.

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/Dsc00266.jpg)
Title: Tydol
Post by: Box 2565 on May 08, 2003, 06:47:49 AM
In the old days, it was common for gasoline stations to carry multiple brands so that you could drive to one location and choose the gasoline you wanted to purchase.  This station was probably located somewhere in Pennsylvania when this photo was taken in the 1920's.

At "The Best Garage" (We Never Close) you can choose from Tydol, Texaco, Sunoco, Sinclair, Esso, and Atlantic!  A busy place from the looks of it with a local ball team hanging out by the entrance and that Gamewell Excelsior alarm box on the utility pole.....  (Look to the left of the 7 on the sign that says "7 gallons for $1.25").
 :|
Title: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on January 05, 2004, 10:02:03 AM
Cincinnati, Ohio
Box 6932
Observatory Place

Now, what is that building in the background....
Title: Westwood
Post by: Box 2565 on November 01, 2008, 06:42:13 AM
You have to take a close look, but there is a box in this photo!  From the shape that can be seen I'm leaning towards this being an Excelsior.  This picture was taken on July 27, 1957 in the northern California town of Westwood.  When you look at the towns on the lists of cities with Gamewell systems there are some pretty small places.
Title: Re: Alarm box "street scenes"
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on November 06, 2008, 07:51:05 AM
Various "scenes" in Massillon, Ohio.
Title: Pittsburgh
Post by: Box 2565 on November 07, 2008, 01:03:58 AM
On March 23, 1960 a severe wind storm hit the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.  When you need something sturdy to hold - nothing beats Gamewell!
Title: Re:Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Chicagofirealarmcollector on November 16, 2008, 03:59:04 PM
Alarm box in front of Engine 98's house in Chicago. 12-02

(http://www.yngfire.com/attachments/batcha/Dsc00272.jpg)
This photo of the fluted pedestal in Chicago depicts Engine 98s House on Chicago Ave. but looking at photos of the house in the 50s that box had not been installed yet. That was added later to dress up the house maybe in the 70s? Now if you want to see two original installations of fluted Chicago Pedestals still in service at theaters go to the Civic Opera House and find the South East Corner of the building. You must exit your car and walk the sidewalk as it is hidden behind a wall at that corner. The second location is on Congress Parkway just west of Michigan Ave. on the North side of the street at the entrance to the congress theater. These are covered in a foot of concrete and never removed due to that fact, in original dark paint and look real neat. Both pedestals have 51 Gamewell boxes in service on them as Chicago's System is still in service with hospital, theater, and school master boxes as well as non master boxes in service in front of important places like a day care center without an internal local fire alarm system. The boxes that were removed in approx. 1980 were the local corner boxes. Most of the boxes are still mounted on pedestals, some on walls, some inside most outside. The system is comprised of Gamewell and flush mounted Harrinton's with quick acting doors. Even some of the newer fire stations have a box flush mounted in the watch desk room.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on March 20, 2009, 11:40:05 AM
Washington D.C. - 1926
Corner of N.W. S & N.W. 14th Streets
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on March 20, 2009, 11:43:02 AM
Greenhills, Ohio - 1938 - Box 218
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on March 20, 2009, 11:46:52 AM
New York City - Mayor Gaynor "pulling a box"
March 20. 1913
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: safetydave on March 21, 2009, 05:43:38 PM
That looks like a Gamewell Tooker box that Mayor Gaynor is pulling.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on April 10, 2009, 10:12:51 PM
Santa Clara County, CA. - Alum Rock "area"
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on May 26, 2009, 06:55:49 PM
Massillon, OH.
1935 during a flood
"Box 54" can bee seen on the SW corner of Lincolnway W. and S. Erie.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on July 01, 2009, 01:25:52 AM
While passing through Washington, Indiana in May of 2008 I made a loop around the block using an alleyway.  Down the alley on the left, using my keen powers of observation(?), I noticed this nice old pedestal sitting in the yard of a home.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: FAO25 on August 03, 2009, 12:40:14 PM
Everett Massachusetts
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: FDCJ240 on September 24, 2009, 02:26:02 PM
We came across this great picture of a city firefighter and a Gamewell demo board that was used to educate the public on the city fire system and how it works.  It shows two nice early round top street boxes, a register, and 1 6" bell.  We still have some of those 6" bells in service (bunk room, kitchen, and older firefighter's houses) and we have at least a dozen of the round top boxes still in service that were never upgraded throughout the years!
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: pltk2 on October 08, 2009, 08:23:22 PM
  Helo from florida,Iam a retired vol firefighter from New Jersey the town i was a member in Pompton Lakes still uses a gamewell box system. It is hooked to  the siren ,so when you pull the box it activates the town siren and sets off the pagers.Then the police will reactivate the pagers and imform us which box number is active and the location. All boxes are mounted on telephone polls,with blue lights on top to show what box it active.





 ken griffiths
retired ff pompton lakes nj
52 truck
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: PFD1 on October 16, 2009, 12:15:28 PM
Here's a great way to go "alarm box hunting" without leaving the house. Go to Google and then go to maps. Check out cities with alarm systems and then zoom into a street corner.  If you are not familiar with these maps, your can go right down to the street level in most places and look around as if you were there. On the zoom bar, there is an icon of a little man at the top. Click and drag that man to your street corner and take a look. You can search by address, intersection, or by street name.

Try this address: 445 The Embarcadero, SanFrancisco CA. It puts you in front of Station 35-E-8 is parked out front, the fire boat is at the dock, and there is a nice fire/police box just down the street towards the Bay bridge. You might have to move your icon closer to the  Bay bridge because it doesn't seem to drop you in the same place twice.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on October 17, 2009, 07:12:15 AM
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North side of Penn Avenue looking west at Garrison Way.  This box is a little tough to see.  The pedestal stands out if you look roughly at the middle of the Spears Rugs building.  Photo taken on May 02, 1915.

Another pedestal can be seen in this view from August 8, 1951 that is also along Penn Avenue.  Looks like the guy that is climbing the steps behind the box is coming up from the subway?

Cincinnati, Ohio
The intersection of McMillan & Woodburn hasn't changed a lot since this picture was snapped on June 1, 1916.  One thing for certain is that Box 298, along with first due Engine 16 (and the 15's and 30's), is no more.

Here's a great way to go "alarm box hunting" without leaving the house. Go to Google and then go to maps. Check out cities with alarm systems and then zoom into a street corner.  If you are not familiar with these maps, your can go right down to the street level in most places and look around as if you were there. On the zoom bar, there is an icon of a little man at the top. Click and drag that man to your street corner and take a look. You can search by address, intersection, or by street name.

Try this address: 445 The Embarcadero, SanFrancisco CA. It puts you in front of Station 35-E-8 is parked out front, the fire boat is at the dock, and there is a nice fire/police box just down the street towards the Bay bridge. You might have to move your icon closer to the  Bay bridge because it doesn't seem to drop you in the same place twice.
I've played around with the Google feature.  One day I was looking at scenes of San Francisco fire stations and I located several boxes.  Boston was also a good location to come across a box or two.  I've really enjoyed hunting for alarm boxes.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Erie_Gamewell on October 21, 2009, 10:25:24 AM
From Buffalo NY
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: firebox_417 on October 22, 2009, 07:37:43 PM
I'm prety sure that the man is comming up from one of the  "city bathrooms".
Too early for Pittsburgh's subways.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on October 23, 2009, 01:10:38 AM
I'm prety sure that the man is comming up from one of the  "city bathrooms".
Too early for Pittsburgh's subways.
Thanks!  I looked at the subway map and wondered where this location fit into things and it doesn't make sense that a station would be outside of Downtown on Penn Avenue.  I've only spent any time in Pittsburgh once and didn't figure much out.  A subterranean toilet would have never been a guess!
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: fireguybayless on October 27, 2009, 08:08:42 PM
I believe this to be the only photographic evidence of fire alarm boxes pre-1900 in the city of Hillsboro, Ohio. Notice the post and box on the corner. This is at High and Main at the center of town. Picture is dated 1875.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Erie_Gamewell on October 28, 2009, 12:36:48 PM
yours truly pretending to turn in an alarm at engine 20 in buffalo new york.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: PFD1 on November 26, 2009, 07:57:01 PM
Washington DC (1925) Massachusetts Ave. & 2nd St.
(internet photo)
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: fireguybayless on November 27, 2009, 04:18:15 PM
Here's a couple of boxes found just driving around southern Ohio. The first pic was discovered by my four year old in a home owner's driveway in Hillsboro, Ohio.  The second picture is of a box on a small Vol. Fire Department in northwest Scioto County in southern Ohio.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on December 17, 2009, 08:22:28 AM
San Angelo, TX - 1946
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on April 27, 2010, 03:25:48 AM
Looks like Box 44 in Kenosha, Wisconsin is going to have a MFA.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: FAO25 on August 13, 2010, 09:47:27 PM
Town of Wakefield Mass. Main St.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: FAO25 on August 13, 2010, 09:48:51 PM
Lynn Massachusetts, City Box 527, Pleasant & Alley St.s
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: alvin201 on August 14, 2010, 08:53:02 AM
This is Newark, NJ Box 2137 at Broad & Lombardy Sts, probably the only street box left in the city.

This is during the 6/6/2010 Newark Fire Dept Historical Assn muster. Mack B pumper is restored from an industrial brigade (Western Electric, Kearny, NJ) but of same appearance as four 1962 Macks that were assigned to Engine Cos. 4, 7, 17, 18.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on January 09, 2011, 02:10:10 AM
Looks like the Chief is out checking boxes.  No idea where these are from, the buggy is lettered _PFD.  Interesting style of pedestals.
Images from eBay.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: PFD1 on January 13, 2011, 02:02:04 PM
I found these pictures on shorpy.com and they looked interesting. They both appear to be Washington DC pedestals....well....one was a pedestal. If you go to the website, you can see the larger picture and everything is in great detail.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on February 02, 2013, 07:54:44 AM
Washington, D.C.
28th and 'O' Street - (1969 photo)

photo - Library of Congress
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: FAO25 on August 02, 2013, 11:30:32 PM
A couple of fire box street scenes and one police box scene. Note Patrolman directing traffic.

Urban Redevelopment Division, Boston Housing Authority photographs in Boston Redevelopment Authority photographs, Collection # 4010.001, City of Boston Archives, Boston

Photo 0005-1 Northwesterly from corner of Dover and Albany Streets 1955 August 24
Photo 0006-1 Lowell Street at Causeway Street circa 1958
Photo 0004-1 Corner of Dover Street and Harrison Avenue, looking northeasterly 1952 June 24
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on December 22, 2013, 07:53:44 AM
Jacksonville, FL
1904
Bay Street

Detroit, MI.
1911
Woodward St.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on December 23, 2013, 09:23:02 PM
Cincinnati OH - 5th & Pike Streets
This is one of the old, square style pedestals that were used in Cincinnati.  Some of these were still around when the system was removed in 1990.  Photo taken May 6, 1937.
Photo credit: City of Cincinnati
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on February 14, 2014, 09:58:54 AM
This view from 1951 shows the intersection of Lincoln Ave. and Stanton in Cincinnati.  The pedestal in use is more typical of what was used by the C.F.D.
Photo credit: City of Cincinnati
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on February 15, 2014, 01:35:12 AM
Fantastic image from roughly 1900 showing the what I believe is the lower west side of Manhattan.  The alarm box on the corner has a large lamp mounted over it to identify the location.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: alvin201 on February 15, 2014, 07:58:57 AM
The Central RR of New Jersey (Jersey Central) occupied a few piers along the Hudson (aka North) River for a few blocks along West Street, Manhattan.  They were centered opposite Liberty Street, where the World Trade Center was later built.

This 1928 Sanborn Map shows a Fire Alarm box (F A) at Cedar & West, that could well be the box illustrated.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: alvin201 on February 16, 2014, 10:51:38 AM
Further investigation proves the box is at NE corner of West & Cedar Sts.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: FDNYTRUCKScom on February 16, 2014, 09:32:09 PM
this is an amazing image.  so much has changed at this location over the past 115 or so years
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on March 26, 2014, 08:32:24 AM
Tourist Bureau corner of Elizabeth & Macquarie Sts. in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) - former Guard House (c1900).
Photo credit: Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on June 08, 2014, 12:45:15 AM
This photo may be from San Francisco or Los Angeles.  An attractive alarm box has what appears to be a traffic signal control or as a long shot, a police box, on another nearby pedestal.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: villa37 on June 22, 2014, 08:32:32 PM
The scene above is from San Francisco.  The newer picture was taken on 22 June 2014.  The fire alarm box - Box no. 1324 - is on the NW corner of Sutter and Stockton.  The picture was taken looking north towards the Stockton Street Tunnel.  The box has a remote trip in it.  In San Francisco they would call it an 'auxiliary box.'  The large box below the fire alarm box in the earlier picture was likely used as a cable splice box although there were other uses.   Here's another current pic of a fire alarm box with a splice box below.  Lastly, a pic with the splice box door open.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on June 23, 2014, 10:08:27 AM
The scene above is from San Francisco.  The newer picture was taken on 22 June 2014.  The fire alarm box - Box no. 1324 - is on the NW corner of Sutter and Stockton.  The picture was taken looking north towards the Stockton Street Tunnel.  The box has a remote trip in it.  In San Francisco they would call it an 'auxiliary box.'  The large box below the fire alarm box in the earlier picture was likely used as a cable splice box although there were other uses.   Here's another current pic of a fire alarm box with a splice box below.  Lastly, a pic with the splice box door open.
Thank you for posting those photos.  I really enjoyed seeing a current view of the same location.  I'm surprised that there really isn't much inside of the splice box.  Any other photos of the San Francisco alarm system would certaily be welcomed.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on February 15, 2015, 01:53:36 PM
The Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach, California.  April 1966.
Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: jk on February 15, 2015, 07:57:44 PM
Advanced "almost wireless" technology. Williamsburg, Brooklyn N.Y. 
U.S.A. 2013
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: firebox_417 on July 24, 2015, 06:49:10 AM
A Lot of 3 Vintage Framed Fire Alarm Box  Scene Photos from Pittsburgh, PA were just offered on ebay. Please take a look when you get a chance. Thanks a lot, John           
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on September 21, 2015, 09:43:25 AM
Street-Box

image from E-Bay
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on January 07, 2016, 03:03:16 AM
This scene shows construction of the Cincinnati subway system (never completed) on June 10, 1921.  The subway was being built in the bed of the former Miami and Erie canal.  On the right side of the photo is Stark Street.  There is a street box on a pedestal where Stark and the canal meet.
University of Cincinnati collection.
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on January 18, 2016, 07:58:48 AM
Washington DC
Massachusetts & 2nd Ave.
Credit: Shorpy
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on August 15, 2017, 02:47:40 PM
Washington DC - 1921
with a Stutz chief car

photo credit Shorpy
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on March 22, 2018, 10:15:00 AM
Massillon, OH.

Gamewell Fire/Police Box #54 - Lincoln Way W. & S. Erie [opposite angles]. The 1910 photo shows two indicator 'globes' [on top of the 'pole'[, and 1935 has three globes.

1 - 1910

2 - 1935
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: MFDPhoto1 on April 17, 2018, 09:43:11 AM
Massillon, OH  circa early 1950's

Street Box # 56 & Police Call Box with 'globes' and 'horn'
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: Box 2565 on June 24, 2018, 07:35:15 PM
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Box 44
4th Avenue & 50th Street
Photo credit: Kenosha County Historical Society
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: villa37 on June 27, 2018, 01:49:41 AM
Here's another photo of the intersection of Stockton and Sutter in San Francisco.  The picture was taken in 1958 and shows an old style fire alarm box.  These ornate boxes were typically found only in the high value areas of downtown.  They were not used in residential or industrial areas of the city.  Contrast this box with the newer boxes shown in earlier posts.  (Look on page 4 of this thread.)  All of these ornate boxes are gone now except for one in the Fire Department Museum. 
Title: Re: Alarm box street scenes
Post by: alvin201 on June 29, 2018, 07:52:44 AM
Restored Mack B at Newark NJ Muster 6/6/2010.  Box is 2137, Broad and Lombardy Streets.  At the time said to be the LAST working street box in the city.