07/30/07 90 W, 1 I - + 19 - 13 Tap Bell


As photographed at the Fire Museum of Maryland, this is a tap bell. It is a smaller version of the station gongs that were connected to electric telegraph fire alarm systems. After Raleigh's system was installed in 1887, tap bells were installed within a couple years in the homes of the Chief and Assistant Chief, select fire company foremen, and individual members at their own expense. They could also rely on the city bell, which tolled the box numbers and other alarm signals.







  
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