|The Gamewell Co.|
On the wall, near my seat and the door was this:
Likely before 1910 or between the 1860s and 1910 there were little fire alarm boxes that looked like this:
So I've been reading about the Gamewell Company, their 95% share of fire alarm systems in hundreds of cities and how the whole thing tied together. This was of course before phones and a fella named Gamewell from Camden, S.C., bought up the patent rights to a telegraph station/fire alarm device. How it worked was that you opened the door to the alarm telegraph station above, turned a crank and automatically the "location key or code" for the firebox was transmitted to the alarm box receiver in the fire station that you see 2 images above. A little piece of paper came off the roller and ran though a device that stamped the location of the box and away you went.
50 years ago was 1967. I was two years into college..my dad was about 50 at that time and stretched end to end didn't predate that little box thing on the wall of the firehouse.