Friday, April 06, 2007

Re: SHA 2008 Symposium on Fire Lookout Tower as Historical Archaeological Sites

The City of New York had some I recall from text and illustration probably in the author of the official "History of NYC" guide to the 1939 Worlds Fair, and of "The Iconography of Manhattan" Ed. - "Island",  I. N. Phelps Stokes (of which there is a "short version" (2 vols. ?) and a "long version" in (5? volumes Ed. - 6). The "fire tower" was replaced by the "call box" perhaps after the early pre-Morse telegraph experiments in City Hall Park reported in the day-to-day yearly history (time line) in the "long" version.

The first reported outfitted fire brigade in NYC were apparently organized by Thomas Hall of the Englishman Isaac Allerton's warehouse next to the first ferry to Brooklyn in the New Amsterdam colony, today "under" the South Street Historic District.

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