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Project Firebox 51

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Spotted this one on Russell street in Greenpoint, a hard to find H.P. TEL Firebox, hidden in plain sight.

The last time I saw one of these models was in Bushwick way back in 2010. Check out the post here.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Quoting from the post mentioned above:

It seems that when the fire system, pipe and pump wise, was first laid down in the early 20th century, technological infancy limited the number of streets that could be served by high pressure lines. Reserved for high rises, factories, and high density tenement blocks- the high pressure water common today was only available in certain areas. However, should the need arise, a fire chief carried a key that would access one of these “H.P. TEL” fireboxes which would send a command back to the firehouse to throw open the valves that would pressurize the lines flowing through its district.

The TEL stands for telegraph, apparently, and the whole scheme ceased to be necessary sometime in the 1950′s.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

September 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. […] The inscription has been discussed here, at your Newtown Pentacle, before. Check out “Project Firebox 51” and or “Project Firebox 12” for more on the […]


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