04/12/12 471 W, 1 I - + 8 - 4 Gamewell Bid Document, 1925

Here's another vintage bid document from the early 1920s, this one dated November 3, 1925. For purchase of fire alarm equipment from Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company in Boston, MA. Total $17,318.50. This was both an upgrade and expansion, adding a more powerful switchboard, the first punch registers in the stations, and 35 additional alarm boxes. Like the prior posted specs of Station 4 (and later posting about an American LaFrance pumper), this is a scan of a photocopy, obtained years ago from the City Clerk's office, from their deep records. Fascinating stuff... if you find electric-telegraph alarm systems fascinating, that is! Read the document.

Here's a summary of what was ordered:

And this fire protection report from 1924 provides plenty of detail on the city's fire alarm system, prior to the ordered equipment and the resulting upgrade. Here's a summary:

Read the Gamewell bid document.

Read about the history of the fire alarm system. (PDF)

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